BIO3198 : Biological Information Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To produce resource materials targeted at a specified audience (e.g. general public, school or university students, or a professional audience) to promote understanding or awareness of an appropriate biological topic. To write a review of the underlying scientific literature. To develop communication skills by producing a poster for a lay audience.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project is largely completed through independent study with regular supervisory meetings. Training is provided via a series of lectures and workshops.

The literature review should be related to the project topic.

The project materials may take a variety of forms (e.g. slide presentations, booklets, posters, websites, CDs, DVDs) to suit the aims of the project and the background knowledge of the specified audience.

The poster will explain the project to a lay audience.

Lectures and workshops will provide guidance on the following topics:

Project safety
Literature search skills
Using Endnote
Writing a Literature Review
Writing originally
Writing the Information Project Report
How to write a good questionnaire
Producing and using figures and tables
Marking criteria

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation of project plan and progress report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture18:008:00Poster session
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Literature Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Project materials and project report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00Initially directed reading but by pursuit of references this will become self-directed.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:306:00Training for key skills
Guided Independent StudyProject work14:004:00Completion of ethical approval form
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Testing of project materials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:306:00Preparation and follow up for workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Collation of the projects materials (media etc.)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study71:007:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Investigation of target audience and project medium
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00Supervisory meetings
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO3197Biological Literature Review
BIO3199Biological Research Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and workshops are designed to provide training in the skills and techniques required to complete the literature review, report and poster. Regular supervisory meetings enable the extent and quality of progress to be monitored, whilst allowing for detailed technical discussions on the project progress.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M15Literature Review (3000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Professional Performance Assessment
Dissertation2M65Project Materials and Project Report (4000-6000 words)
Poster2M10Poster for lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan
Written exercise2MProgress Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The literature review allows the student to demonstrate that they have a deep understanding of the underlying science behind their project topic. It also provides the opportunity for an early formal check on progress and feedback on technical writing style.

The project materials are assessed against their aims in relation to the target audience. The project report is an account of the origins of the project, how the target audience was selected, how the project materials were produced and tested, and how feedback was analysed and then used to improve their quality.

The poster assesses the student's ability to explain their project to a lay audience.

The formative Project Plan (submitted early in Semester 1) helps students to recognise the key questions relating to their project and formulate an appropriate plan of work to meet the objectives. The formative Progress Report (submitted early in Semester 2) re-visits the Project Plan and asks students to record any changes to the project and update the plan of work.

Technical proficiency, academic engagement and industry will be assessed by the supervisor who will have been in regular contact with the student throughout the project.

All students complete an Ethical Approval Form as projects involve collecting feedback from volunteers on the materials created.

Reading Lists