LSC-30048 - Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) - ISP
Coordinator: Glenn Hussey Room: HUX102A Tel: +44 1782 7 33880
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This experimental research project represents the culmination of your learning experience across the programme. This is an excellent opportunity for you to undertake an authentic research project. This could include: lab- or field-based work, or, systematic reviews, bioinformatic, pedagogic or outreach activities.
Through engagement with this module you will be introduced to the concept, philosophy and approach to performing scientific research, enabling you to conduct a substantial experimental project. This will develop key skills that are routinely utilised by the scientific community such as: development of appropriate methods to test specified hypotheses, in-depth literature review and analysis of experimental data.
In addition to 1:1 support offered to you by your project supervisor, the module manager will also offer optional workshops and drop-in sessions throughout the year.

To provide students with the experience of working safely in a research environment, enhance their evidence-based approach to solving problems and further develop both their analytical skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating scientific problems and ability to independently gather and analyse experimental data.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Critically review current literature to provide up-to-date, scientific context to a research problem: 1
Design a robust methodological approach to investigate a scientific problem: 1
Identify potential ethical challenges and devise appropriate justification for scientific pursuit within an appropriate framework: 1
Identify risks and hazards and apply fundamental principles of health and safety legislation to devise appropriate risk assessments: 2
Generate and analyse appropriate data set(s) and present to a scientific audience: 1
Interpret complex scientific data and relate that to current literature: 1
Appraise own work to identify strengths, limitations and ways to improve: 1
Conduct themselves in the research environment in a professional manner (for example, technical competence, note taking, record-keeping, time keeping etc): 2

Study hours

2x 1 hour in-situ seminars
4x 1 hour online drop-ins
9 hours: meetings with supervisor
60 hours: practical work and data analysis
35 hours: private study
40 hours: preparation of report

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 80%
5,000 word (maximum) dissertation
The dissertation should comprise: a critical review of the background literature, contextualising your problem and bringing the subject up-to-date; accurate methodologies demonstrating understanding of underlying principles, ensuring quality assurance, recognising and limiting potential risks and hazards and justifying ethical concerns and statistical approach where appropriate; accurate and concise data presentation and a frank analysis of all findings linked to current literature and potential for future work.

2: Competence weighted 20%
Professional Skills Assessment
Marks are awarded to each student based on a range of professional skills that the student is able to demonstrate across the project. Skills include: awareness of and compliance with health and safety; ethics; time keeping; organisation; independence; preparation; technical competence; problem solving and communication skills.