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BLGY3021 Research Project

20 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Prof Elwyn Isaac

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary


On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to plan, execute and report on project work, both in writing and orally.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
- completed a library, computer-based laboratory or field research project;
- gained experience in the collation, analysis and presentation of scientific data, including the use of computer packages;
- prepared and submitted a detailed report, in a scientifically acceptable format.
- developed skills in the appropriate and selective use of library resources, including computer based search tools including online databases such as ISI Web of knowledge, Medline and PubMed;
- the competence to read critically a scientific paper and to identify the key features of the study;
- the ability to prepare a poster that presents their research results, and to answer questions on the work;
- the competence to interpret data presented in scientific papers and to assess them critically in order to draw appropriate conclusions

Skills outcomes
Project formulation, information collection and analysis, writing and visual plus oral presentation skills (poster and associated viva).


You will be required to carry out project work, which may be library-based, computer-based or involve laboratory or field-based research, working either individually or as a group according to the specific project.

The project will be assessed on the basis of your performance, including:
- time management skills and effort (Process: 10%)
- a written report (70%), and
- a poster presentation (20%).

The project report must be submitted by the advertised deadline and is marked by your supervisor (40%) and an independent marker (30%), who also marks the poster and carries out a brief oral examination on its subject matter.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning050.0050.00
Private study hours40.00
Total Contact hours160.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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 planning and implementation, analysis, writing, and presentation preparation up to 40 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Regular meetings with supervisor are required.
- Drafts of the report and poster are provided to the supervisor for feedback ahead of formal submission.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentProcess assessment including time management10.00
ReportAssessment of report70.00
PresentationPoster and brief oral examination20.00
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: 27/11/2019


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