Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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.
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: 1Design a robust methodological approach to investigate a scientific problem: 1Identify potential ethical challenges and devise 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: 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: 1Conduct themselves in the research environment in a professional manner (for example, technical competence, note taking, record-keeping, time keeping etc): 2
15 hours: meetings with supervisor35 hours: private study60 hours: practical work and data analysis40 hours: preparation of report
1: Dissertation weighted 75%
Description of Module Assessment
5,000 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 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 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.