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BIOC3160 Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project

40 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Susan Whittle
Email: S.R.Whittle@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Alternative pre-requisite module: BIOL2301 Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences

Pre-requisites

BIOC2302Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals
BIOC2303Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

To foster a sound approach to Biochemical research. On completion of this module, the students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a professional working attitude in a Biochemistry laboratory.
2. Develop a strategy for undertaking a specific research project.
3. Demonstrate communication skills.
4. Analyse, process and interpret data.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module student will be able to:
1. Manage Knowledge: sourcing / selecting / interpreting data, data evaluation / problem solving.
2. Demonstrate technical Competence: laboratory techniques, experimental design, analysing data.
3. Manage Self: planning, time management.
4. Manage Interrelationships: teamwork, decision taking;
5. Learn from others: sharing, receiving critique.
6. Demonstrate presentation Skills: lab reports, oral, data presentation.

Skills outcomes
- Managing Knowledge: sourcing / selecting / interpreting data, data evaluation / problem solving.
- Technical Competence: laboratory techniques, experimental design, analysing data.
- Managing Self: planning, time management.
- Managing Interrelationships: teamwork, decision taking;
- Learning from others: sharing, receiving critique.
- Presentation Skills: lab reports, oral, data presentation.


Syllabus

Depending on the type of project, an appropriate combination of practical work in advanced biochemistry/biotechnology research, designing experimental protocols, carrying out research investigations and interpreting experimental data; literature searching, reading and reviewing; report writing; computer work; developing oral and written presentational skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision0194.00194.00
Independent Learning0100.00100.00
Lecture61.006.00
Tutorial201.0020.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours320.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students should note that the following information is for guidance only. The actual time required for the various elements will vary between students.

Private study will include report writing, editing and preparation for the viva up to 80 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Project supervision meetings
- Initial report/project plan
- Draft report (critiqued but not formally assessed)
- Final report and viva.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportFinal report70.00
In-course AssessmentProcess (execution mark by supervisor)20.00
Viva15-20 minute viva with two assessors10.00
In-course AssessmentFormative assessment: Project supervision meetings, initial report/project plan and draft report0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Formative assessments: initial report submitted to supervisor for feedback; draft project report submitted to supervisor for feedback. Failure to complete the final report to a pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/09/2019

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