BIO3199 : Biological Research Project
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Graham
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To undertake all stages of the research process, including planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and presentation. To develop communication skills by writing a research report and 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.
Lectures and workshops will provide guidance on the following topics:
Literature search skills
Writing a Literature Review
Writing a Research Report
Producing and Using Figures and Tables
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||8:00||8:00||Poster session|
|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||30:00||30:00||Literature Review|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||100:00||100:00||Research Report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||2:00||2:00||Completion of safety induction|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Poster preparation|
|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||95:00||95:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||5:00||5:00||Complete health and safety paperwork and ethical approval form|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||4||1:30||6:00||Preparation and follow up for workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||6||1:00||6:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||12||1:00||12:00||Supervisory meetings|
Jointly Taught With
|BIO3197||Biological Literature Review|
|BIO3198||Biological Information Project|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures and workshops are designed to provide training in the skills and techniques required to complete the literature review and research report. Regular supervisory meetings enable the extent and quality of progress to be monitored, whilst allowing for detailed technical discussions on project progress.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Dissertation||2||M||60||Research Report (in the style of a concise journal article) 4000 - 6000 words|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Professional Performance Assessment (supervisors assessment)|
|Written exercise||1||M||15||Literature Review (3000 words)|
|Poster||2||M||10||Poster for a lay audience|
|Written exercise||1||M||Project Plan|
|Written exercise||2||M||Progress Report|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The Literature Review ensures that the student acquires sufficient background knowledge to place their own work in a proper context. It also provides the opportunity for an early formal check on progress and feedback on technical writing performance.
The research report is the summation of the student’s efforts in undertaking an original research project of their own conception and design. It demonstrates how the students have formulated their research topic, familiarised themselves with the appropriate literature, developed their methodology, undertaken the research, analysed, interpreted and discussed their findings, drawn conclusions and delivered a research report in the format of a research paper. This style reflects professional scientific writing and is good training for those going on to undertake research in the future.
The poster assesses the student's ability to translate their technical knowledge into a form easily understood by 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. Some projects can link to existing approvals.