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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC3389 Research Project

40 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Graham Askew

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

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Continued progression on MBIOL from Level 2 to Level 3 (minimum average of 65%)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To develop skills in the design of a research project, including literature researching;
- To develop a high level of written communication skills;
- To develop an understanding of specific research techniques.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Plan an experimental research project, including developing specific objectives, hypotheses and an appropriate timeline/milestones;
- Undertake a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the literature;
- Develop writing skills in order to communicate research to both expert and non-expert audiences;
- Consider and deal with the ethical issues associated with the research project;
- Consider and deal with health and safety issues in order to allow research to be carried out safely and in accordance with the University's safety regulations;
- Understand and have experience in using research techniques appropriate to the research question;
- Analyse and present scientific data in an appropriate manner.


- Students will select/develop a working research project in consultation with supervisor.
- As part of selection students will be required to carry out a literature review according to the specific project pursued in the co-requisite module. Each student will be required to undertake an in-depth investigation into the background, existing research and current trends in the selected topic producing a critical analysis of the existing literature and other relevant ideas and sources.
- The supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the work in an advisory capacity, but the students will be expected to plan, perform literature review, execute and interpret their own work.
- Projects may be individual or group, insofar as the collection of data may be collaborative, but individual students will use the data to address differing project titles.

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
Private study hours272.00
Total Contact hours128.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

This includes associated reading, project planning, analysis of experimental data, writing of results, viva preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

12 Project supervision meetings will take place throughout the projects duration. Supervisors will comment on a maximum of 3 draft pages of the report. Formative viva will monitor student overall performance and understanding of research project.

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
Research ProposalResearch Proposal to be fully executed in Level 5 MBIOL Extended Research Project, including Background, Aims, Methods, Pilot Data. 5000 word length90.00
ReportProcess mark / completion of research project log book10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/11/2020 08:19:16


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