BIO3198 : Biological Information Project
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Graham
- Lecturer: Dr Ethan Hack, Dr Martin Edwards
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
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:
Literature search skills
Writing a Literature Review
Writing the Information Project Report
How to write a good questionnaire
Producing and using figures and tables
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||1:00||7:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||4:00||4:00||Preparation of project plan and progress report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Poster preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||8:00||8:00||Poster session|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Literature Review|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||100:00||100:00||Project materials and project report|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||100:00||100:00||Initially directed reading but by pursuit of references this will become self-directed.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||4||1:30||6:00||Training for key skills|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||4:00||4:00||Completion of ethical approval form|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||16:00||16:00||Testing of project materials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||4||1:30||6:00||Preparation and follow up for workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||Collation of the projects materials (media etc.)|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||7||1:00||7:00||Lecture follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||Investigation of target audience and project medium|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||12||1:00||12:00||Supervisory meetings|
Jointly Taught With
|BIO3197||Biological Literature Review|
|BIO3199||Biological 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||15||Literature Review (3000 words)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Professional Performance Assessment|
|Dissertation||2||M||65||Project Materials and Project Report (4000-6000 words)|
|Poster||2||M||10||Poster for lay audience|
|Written exercise||1||M||Project Plan|
|Written exercise||2||M||Progress 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.