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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 qualifications

Undergraduate degree in biological sciences

Module replaces

BIOL5100M Bioscience Core Skills 1 BIOL5202M Bioscience Core Skills 2

This module is not approved as an Elective


This 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session41.004.00
Private study hours81.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study will involve working through the tutorial activities and workshops and preparing for the coursework surgeries and assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through the tutorials, workshops and coursework surgeries and through the quality of assessed work submitted.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentDesign a flow chart based on a published paper40.00
AssignmentWrite 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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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