Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Within this module you will develop higher-level research skills in a selected area of the Biosciences. Working closely with an academic supervisor you will formulate a research project and design and conduct appropriate investigations to address this over an extended period. You will develop further skills in experimental design and the critical analysis of scientific data, communicated in the format of a substantial research report. You will also develop higher-level communication skills in the presentation of outcomes of the research project as either an oral presentation or poster, and will also undertake a professional discussion (viva) to discuss and defend your findings in front of a panel of experts.
This module will further develop students' independent research skills in experimental design and data handling/evaluation. Working closely with an academic supervisor, students will design and conduct an extended independent research project, employing appropriate techniques and methods of data analysis, evaluating this in context to relevant literature in the form of an assessed research report.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically evaluate relevant scientific literature in context to their research project area: 1,2,3design and conduct an independent research project, formulate aims/hypotheses and apply appropriate methodology to address these (including effective note-taking, record keeping etc): 1,2,3analyse complex scientific data and critically evaluate this in context to wider literature: 1,2,3communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of formats including a research report and oral presentation: 1,2,3identify potential ethical challenges and develop appropriate justification for scientific pursuit within an appropriate framework: 1,3identify risks and hazards and apply fundamental principles of health and safety legislation to devise appropriate risk assessments: 1
12 hours supporting workshops5 hours attendance at research conference900 hours working on the research project, data collection and analysis282 hours independent study: preparation of research report and presentation/preparation for viva1-hour attending viva assessment
1: Research Report weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Research ReportStudents will present the results of the research project in the form of a research report (dissertation). The word count for this piece of assessment should be in the range of 15,000-20,000 words.2: Presentation weighted 20%
PresentationStudents may choose to present either a poster (A1) or an oral presentation (15 minutes); or choose both and the higher of the two marks awarded will be utilised for assessment purposes.3: Viva weighted 30%
VivaA focused discussion where students will have the opportunity to discuss their findings and then defend them before a panel of academic experts (two independent internal assessors). This will last approximately 1 hour and will also include a discussion of ethical considerations and good laboratory practice (data recording, laboratory notebooks etc.).