2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BLGY3345 Biology Integrated Research Projects
40 creditsClass Size: 180
Module manager: Professor Elwyn Isaac
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsProgression through Level 2 study
Module replacesBLGY3340: Biology Research Projects
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe final year Integrated Research Project provides students with the opportunity to become fully engaged with their research discipline. With guidance from an academic supervisor, students have the opportunity to both develop a research question and then to devise the means to undertake independent research to answer that question. This requires the ability to generate hypotheses and then test them through data generation or collection based on appropriate methodologies (usually prescribed but may be student-led within guidelines) and to critically evaluate and synthesise/ analyse this data to address the original hypothesis. These results are then presented in a report that outlines the context of the research, the approaches taken, conclusions made and future work, including the potential applications of the research findings.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to plan, execute and report on a research investigation either based on their own experimental data, other available data or on published literature.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- design, plan and execute a research project (field, computer or literature based);
- collate, analyse and present scientific data/ literature, including the use of computer packages;
- prepare a detailed report, in a scientifically acceptable format.
- use library resources, including computer based search tools and online databases such as ISI Web of knowledge, Medline and PubMed appropriately and selectively;
- read critically a scientific paper and to identify the key features of the study; including the ability to write a scientifically suitable abstract for a research paper;
- prepare a poster that presents their research results, and to answer questions on the work;
- interpret data presented in scientific papers and to assess them critically in order to draw appropriate conclusions.
- Project formulation, data collection (raw and/ or from literature) and analysis, writing and visual plus oral presentation skills (poster and associated viva).
As a result of the regular meetings with the project supervisor students should
- understand the objectives set;
- demonstrate ability to organise your time to achieve the objectives;
- demonstrate ability to report on your achievements and discuss outcomes.
As a result of the practical work, students should be able to:-
- understand the methodology used;
- demonstrate ability to execute independent research;
- demonstrate ability to record data appropriately;
- demonstrate ability to appreciate the risks and undertake the necessary safety assessments as appropriate.
On completion of your project introduction, students should be able to:-
- demonstrate the ability to access relevant literature sources;
- demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the study against published work;
- demonstrate ability to produce a written account using skills developed in previous years.
In your project report, students are expected to:-
- demonstrate ability to present your results in an appropriate form;
- demonstrate appropriate statistical or other analyses of data;
- demonstrate ability to make appropriate conclusions and comments;
- identify potential applications for research findings.
In the poster presentation, students are expected to:-
- Produce an informative and readable poster;
- Explain your research findings and answer questions on your research.
Individual research project leading to the production of a written report and associated poster.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||317.00|
|Private study hours||80.00|
|Total Contact hours||3.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||400.00|
Private studyPrivate study will include planning and implementation, analysis, writing, and presentation preparation up to 80 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will have regular meetings (averaging every week or so) to set objectives and to reflect on what has been achieved since the previous meeting. These meetings may involve other members of the research team.
Students will be provided with sufficient resources for achieving agreed project aims. While appropriate guidance will be provided, students will need to demonstrate that they can work independently.
Two days (that’s 16 hours weekly) of working time is expected.
One draft of the project report and the poster is submitted to the supervisor for formative feedback. Regular progress meetings provide informal formative feedback on knowledge, understanding and progress throughout the project.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||30 pages max., with a possible extension exervise depending on the project type.||70.00|
|In-course Assessment||Process mark||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Non-lab based projects may include application of project findings in an integrated extension exercise. The format of this will depend on project type. In these cases the main report and extension exercise will be weighted 50:20
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 25/04/2019
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