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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EPIB5001M Research Project

60 creditsClass Size: 21

Module manager: Dr G Ellison
Email: G.T.H.Ellison@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a first degree in a science allied with medicine, including biology, ecology, biochemistry, statistics, mathematics, computing, psychology, economics or biomedical science (at least 2:2). We will also consider working experience (two years or more) of research in a quantitative subject area.
English language requirements
An overall score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with at least 6.0 in writing and no other skill below 6.5; from a TOEFL paper based test the requirement is a minimum score of 600, with 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); from a TOEFL computer based test the requirement is a minimum score of 250, with 4.5 TWE; from a TOEFL Internet based test the requirement is a minimum score of 100, with 25 in the "Writing Skills" score.

Co-requisites

EPIB5022MCore Epidemiology
EPIB5023MIntroduction to Modelling
EPIB5024MStatistical Inference
EPIB5030MProfessional Spine

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

Students taking the research project module will learn the skills and knowledge to conduct research in an applied area of epidemiology and biostatistics.

Working within one of the established research groups the module will allow the learner to experience the interdisciplinary nature of research. The knowledge and skills learnt within the didactic modules will be applied to a real scientific problem. The learner will have the opportunity to write their research into a paper that would be able to be submitted.

In preparation for the research paper, the learner will conduct a literature review and prepare a research proposal with consideration of relevant ethical constraints. Further evidence of their work will be submitted as appendices to the research article for more in-depth account of the research. Also, students will submit an abstract and prepare a short scientific presentation summarising their research project.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. identify a specific statistical epidemiology problem;
2. undertake a systematic and critical review of the literature relating to the identified problem;
3. choose and use a range of appropriate research methods to investigate the problem;
4. design and write an appropriate protocol for conducting a research project, including ethical aspects of their research;
5. execute a research project and collect the appropriate data where necessary;
6. analyse and present data appropriately;
7. write an abstract suitable for submission to an academic conference based on their own research;
8. deliver a scientific presentation of the research project and defend their work to the audience;
9. write the research project up into a paper of submission quality;
10. approach the research project in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. identify a specific statistical epidemiology problem;
2. undertake a systematic and critical review of the literature relating to the identified problem;
3. choose and use a range of appropriate research methods to investigate the problem;
4. design and write an appropriate protocol for conducting a research project, including ethical aspects of their research;
5. execute a research project and collect the appropriate data where necessary;
6. analyse and present data appropriately;
7. write an abstract suitable for submission to an academic conference based on their own research;
8. Deliver a scientific presentation of the research project and defend their work to the audience;
9. write the research project up into a paper of submission quality;
10. approach the research project in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way.


Syllabus

Students taking the research project module will learn the skills and knowledge to conduct research in an applied area of epidemiology and biostatistics.

Working within one of the established research groups the module will allow the learner to experience the interdisciplinary nature of research. The knowledge and skills learnt within the didactic modules will be applied to a real scientific problem. The learner will have the opportunity to write their research into a paper that would be able to be submitted.

In preparation for the research paper, the learner will conduct a literature review and prepare a research proposal with consideration of relevant ethical constraints. Further evidence of their work will be submitted as appendices to the research article for more in-depth account of the research.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Presentation13.003.00
Seminar21.002.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours589.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

This module forms a large core part of the programme. As such, considerable self-directed effort will be required from the student. The assigned supervisor(s) will guide and advise the student through the research process.

The student will be expected to:
- Identify their project and the supervisors required. Support will be given to guide the students in their choice.
- Investigate the literature and submit a literature review in the subject.
- Consider the ethical aspects of the research and , where necessary, submit an application to the Institute's Research Ethics Committee for ethical approval.
- Conduct the research, using a range of statistical and analytical techniques.
- Write the research findings up into a paper suitable for submission to a journal.
- Add appendices to evidence the supporting evidence for their findings.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular (minimum of once every two weeks) 'face to face' contact with supervisor(s), e-mail, telephone and written communication.

Submission of project proposal will guide the supervisor to students requiring further support.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayProject proposal with ethics15.00
EssayProject meeting abstract and presentation10.00
ReportPaper with appendices60.00
Literature Review.15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/02/2019

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