BIO3199 : Biological Research Project

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


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.

The literature review should be related to the project topic. The Research Report will present the findings of the practical investigation in the form of a submission to a peer-reviewed journal. 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 a Research Report
Producing and Using Figures and Tables
Marking criteria

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture18:008:00Poster session
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation of project plan and progress report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Literature Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Research Report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Completion of safety induction
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 work195:0095:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work15:005:00Complete health and safety paperwork and ethical approval form
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:306:00Preparation and follow up for workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study61:006:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00Supervisory meetings
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO3197Biological Literature Review
BIO3198Biological 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, research report and poster. Regular supervisory meetings enable the extent and quality of progress to be monitored, whilst allowing for detailed technical discussions on project progress.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M65Research Report (in the style of a concise journal article) 4000 - 6000 words
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Professional Performance Assessment
Written exercise1M15Literature Review (3000 words)
Poster2M10Poster for a lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan
Written exercise2MProgress Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Literature Review ensures that the student acquires sufficient background knowledge to place their own work in an appropriate 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 . It demonstrates how the students have formed their research question, 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 submission to a peer-reviewed journal. 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.

Reading Lists