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MICR3110 Medical Microbiology Research Project

40 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Susan Whittle

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


MICR2320Skills for Microbiologists 2

This module is mutually exclusive with

MICR3080Microbiology Research Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


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

1. Demonstrate a professional working attitude in a microbiology/ immunology/virology laboratory
2. Develop a strategy for undertaking a specific research project
3. Demonstrate communication skills
4. Use scientific literature
5. Analyse, process and interpret data.

Learning 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, poster.

Skills outcomes
Managing Knowledge - Assimilation of information; Sourcing/selecting/ interpreting; Data evaluation/problem solving; Data presentation.

Technical Competence - Laboratory techniques (Laboratory Projects); Experimental design; Accuracy; Analysing data; IT skills.

Managing Self - Planning; Time Management.

Managing Inter-relationships - Team work (Laboratory Projects); Decision taking; Learning from others (Laboratory Projects); Sharing (Laboratory Projects); Receiving critique.

Presentation skills - Reports; Poster.


All students attend a unit emphasising the application of good laboratory practice especially with respect to safety and the correct use of laboratory equipment.

Depending on the type of project, an appropriate combination of practical work in advanced microbiological 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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning0100.00100.00
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 poster preparation up to 80 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Meetings with supervisor (formally, weekly throughout semester 1)
- Initial report / project plan
- Draft report (critiqued but not formally assessed)
- Final report
- Poster.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportFinal report70.00
ReportFormative - initial report, brief summary of research project0.00
ReportFormative - draft of final report0.00
PracticalProcess - assessment of laboratory / library skills20.00
Poster Presentation.10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Formative assessments: initial report submitted to supervisor for feedback; draft project report (including grant proposal where applicable) 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: 27/11/2019


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