Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In this module you will further develop skills in the evaluation of scientific literature and experimental design. In addition to producing a comprehensive literature review, you will also formulate research questions/hypotheses and design appropriate research strategies to address these in the form of a mini grant proposal and lay summary.
This module aims to develop students' independent research skills in literature analysis and data evaluation. Students will conduct a critical analysis of the primary scientific literature of relevance to their programme and discipline, and produce a comprehensive literature review. The module also aims to introduce and develop skills in writing a research proposal in the form of a mini-grant proposal and lay summary, aligned with the research project module, with supporting tutorials.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically evaluate the context, methodology and findings of primary scientific literature: 1,2evaluate and discuss the impact of a research project in terms of the societal, financial and intellectual perspectives: 2design a research project, formulating appropriate hypotheses and a research strategy to address these: 2communicate clearly and effectively in written form suitable for specialist and non-specialist audiences, including a comprehensive literature review, grant proposal and lay summary: 1,2
15 hours of tutorials and workshops supporting module assessments185 hours independent study: preparation of literature review100 hours independent study: preparation of grant proposal
1: Literature Review weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
Literature reviewStudents will produce a comprehensive review of the scientific literature (relating to an agreed subject area) of relevance to their programme of study (total 5,000 words)2: Research Proposal weighted 40%
Grant proposalStudents will produce a mini-grant proposal and lay summary using a structured profoma (total 2,500 words) of relevance to their programme.