LSC-30057 - Bioinformatics and Science Communication
Coordinator: Jennifer Moran Tel: +44 1782 7 34441
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

The module is taught through a mix of IT tutorials, workshops and lectures. The first part of the module will introduce you to a wide range of freely available online bioinformatics resources for the acquisition of information in the identification and characterisation of gene and protein sequences. Your communication skills will be further developed in the form of visual presentation of research work as a scientific poster, in a mini-conference format towards the end of the semester, aligned to professional practice.
Additional tutorial sessions may involve staff from the University Student Learning team and will include; communicating effectively to a range of audiences; awareness of equality and diversity in professional practice; and communicating with confidence and networking for personal success.
The final part of the module will deal with the acquisition and analysis of primary scientific literature, with the end of module exam dealing with the analysis and critical evaluation of the context, methodology and data interpretation of a recent publication.

To develop skills (appropriate to level 6) in the general area of acquisition, analysis and communication of scientific information, including use of computer databases, skills required for communicating scientific information, verbally, visually and in writing, accompanied by student poster presentation at a standard appropriate to level 6, and analysis of a research paper under examination conditions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

design and conduct an investigation to identify and characterise transcribed gene sequences using online bioinformatics tools and communicate the results and interpretation in the form of a technical scientific paper: 1
locate and retrieve information from scientific literature: 1,3
communicate the purpose, methodology, results and interpretation of experimental investigations, based on the final year research project as a scientific poster: 2
analyse and critically evaluate the context, methodology and results of primary scientific literature: 3

Study hours

18 hrs in-situ workshops and tutorials
6 x 6 hrs preparation for workshops and tutorials (including preparation for bioinformatics in-course assessment and research paper discussion preparation)
5 x 4 hrs engagement with asynchronous delivery sessions (including consumption, note taking and wider reading)
12 hours poster preparation
2 hours examination
62 hours independent study, including bioinformatics report completion and engagement with wider reading and revision resources.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Laboratory Report weighted 25%
1,500 word technical report
Students will complete an independent bioinformatics project to identify and characterise allocated gene sequences and produce a report detailing the approach to sequence analysis, results obtained and analysis

2: Poster weighted 25%
Research poster
Students will produce a research poster based on their final year experimental research project, including presentation at a final year student conference

3: Exam weighted 50%
Closed book examination
The research paper will be released at the end of the semester, supported with journal comprehension workshops and a copy of the paper is also provided to students in the exam. The exam paper will comprise of short answer questions on the context, methodology and interpretation of the provided journal article allocated to students in week 9 of semester 2. Students should answer all question, where answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. Students should pay careful attention to the number of points that each question is worth. In general, we would expect only one or two sentences for each point.