Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
An experimental research project represents the culmination of your learning experience across the programme. This is a cap-stone experience and as a 30 credit module, this project is an opportunity for you to carry out a substantial piece of meaningful research that may lead to the generation of new knowledge. This is an excellent opportunity for you to work alongside colleagues and undertake an authentic research project. This could include lab- or field-based projects, but also systematic reviews, bioinformatics, pedagogic or outreach work. Through engagement with this module you will be introduced to the concept, philosophy and approach to performing scientific research and training 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, analysis of experimental data and presentation of scientific findings.You will be able to express preference from a range of titles and will be assigned an academic supervisor to help and guide you as you prepare an evidence-based report that should be suitable for publication.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: 1,2Design a robust methodological approach to investigate a scientific problem: 1,2Identify potential ethical challenges and develop appropriate justification for scientific pursuit within an appropriate framework: 1,2Identify risks and hazards and apply fundamental principles of health and safety legislation to devise appropriate risk assessments: 1,2Generate and analyse appropriate data set(s) and present to a scientific audience: 1Interpret complex scientific data and relate that to current literature: 1Appraise own work to identify strengths, limitations and ways to improve: 1,2Conduct themselves in the research environment in a professional manner (for example, technical competence, note taking, record-keeping, time-keeping etc): 2Communicate complex scientific findings to a mixed audience: 3
2x 1 hour in-situ seminars4x 1 hour online drop-ins14 hours: meetings with supervisor80 hours: private study120 hours: data generation and analysis80 hours: completion of report and oral presentation
1: Dissertation weighted 75%
Description of Module Assessment
9,000 word (maximum) dissertationThe 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; accurate and concise data presentation and a frank analysis of all findings linked to current literature and the potential for future work.2: Performance weighted 25%
Professional Skills AssessmentMarks 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.3: Oral Presentation weighted 0%
10 minute oral presentationStudents will present a 10 minute summary of their research during the Level 6 undergraduate student conference.