2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
BIOL5371M Research Planning and Scientific Communication
10 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Alison Baker
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsUndergraduate degree in biological sciences
Module replacesBIOL5100M Bioscience Core Skills 1 BIOL5202M Bioscience Core Skills 2
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesThis module aims to train participants how to plan and structure research from an individual experiment to a program of work. Furthermore, the module seeks to train students in communicating scientific research in different formats including; literature review, scientific research papers and oral presentations.
On completion of this module, students will have:
- Developed their ability to work in teams to solve biological problems
- Understood and applied the principles of experimental planning to construct a programme of research
- Defended their programme of research orally
- Gained an appreciation of the critical evaluation of data
- Enhanced their ability to articulate scientific concepts using written and orally.
Research planning, communication in different formats, discussing and defending ideas, problem-solving and questioning skills, summarising and synthesising information.
Research planning, experimental design and research communication. Writing in different academic formats (literature reviews, research papers and oral presentations). Grant proposal writing including the construction of a programme of research to solve a defined research question. Discussing and defending the research proposal orally under interview conditions.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||81.00|
|Total Contact hours||19.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyPrivate study will involve working through the tutorial activities and workshops and preparing for the coursework surgeries and assessments.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored through the tutorials, workshops and coursework surgeries and through the quality of assessed work submitted.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Design a flow chart based on a published paper||40.00|
|Assignment||Write an application for a project grant (assigned by tutor)||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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