Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module provides you with an opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research whilst on a placement. You will get a taste of what it is like to work, often independently, in a real research/industrial environment. You will be under the supervision of a member of academic staff from the School of Life Sciences and a host placement supervisor. The topics are generally set by the supervisors but they can be designed within limits to reflect your interests. Doing a placement project will allow you to expand your technical and generic expertise and to apply that expertise to a research question. A varied list of topics reflects the diversity of research interests within the host placement partners and at Keele. You will spend at least 6 months on placement between the second and final year of study.
To provide students with the experience of working safely in a research environment while on placement, 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. Students will also present their work at a Keele-based student conference orally, either as a talk or as a poster.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically appraise scientific literature: 2,3plan and execute a hypothesis-driven experiment or survey with full appreciation of relevant ethical issues: 2,3demonstrate technical competence in a range of experimental or observational techniques as appropriate to the project: 1,2,3identify risks and hazards and apply fundamental principles of health and safety legislation in the work place: 1,2,3analyse, evaluate and discuss the results of an experimental or observational study and present it in an appropriate format: 2,3produce a substantial, scientific report that critically appraises the research hypothesis and presents an evidence based argument: 2,3conduct themselves in the research environment in a manner becoming of a professional bioscientist (note taking, record-keeping, time-keeping etc.): 1,3identify potential ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate justification for scientific pursuit within an appropriate framework: 1,3summarise the background, methods, results and conclusions of research undertaken in an oral presentation: 3identify risks and hazards and apply fundamental principles of health and safety legislation to devise appropriate risk assessments: 1,3analyse, evaluate and discuss the results of an experimental or observational study and present it in an appropriate format: 2,3produce a substantial, scientific report that critically appraises the research hypothesis and presents an evidence-based argument: 2,3
300 hours, comprising:20 hours: meetings with Keele supervisor120 hours: literature survey80 hours: data analysis80 hours: report and talk preparation
Students must have completed 6-month industrial placement.Cannot be taken in combination with single Life Sciences placement (LSC-30019), single Life Sciences experimental ISP (LSC-30048) or double Life Sciences experimental ISP (LSC-30045).
1: Practice Based Assessment weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
Laboratory performanceAssessment of the technical competence, general diligence and engagement with the project, level of assistance needed etc. Students will be required to keep detailed laboratory notes. The assessment will be made by the supervisor and evidence used to support the judgement will include general observations of the student in the research environment, records of meetings and observation of the students┐ lab book.2: Research Report weighted 80%
9000-word project reportA 9000-word report comprising a review of the background literature, a detailed methodology section and presentation, interpretation and in-depth discussion of the research findings.
3: Oral Presentation weighted 0%
Student ConferenceStudents will deliver a short presentation during the Level 6 student conference. This could be a short talk (approximately 5 minutes) and/or poster. The presentation is ordinarily based on the Level 6 independent research project.