2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC5301M Advanced Research Topics
30 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Dr Stephen Muench
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsContinued progression on MBIOL from Level 3 to Level 5 ( achieve an average of at least 65%, in the level 3 project components and an overall credit weighted year average, normally of at least 65%)
|BMSC3398||Practical Research Skills|
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module will develop the intellectual research skills to support the practical research being carried out in the parallel projects that students are undertaking, and to prepare them for a career in a research environment.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able
- To expose students to a range of techniques and technologies that are used in the modern biosciences.
- To develop critical analysis of published research.
- To expose students to current research trends in the biosciences and to leading researchers in the field.
- Be able to summarise and evaluate current research trends in the field.
- Be able to critically analyse and present recent research and explain it to others.
- Be able to identify important ideas and significance of published findings.
- Be able to interpret and present a range of data types generated in current biomedical sciences research.
- Be aware of a range of modern research techniques and approaches, and be able to discuss when they would be applicable, and their strengths and weaknesses.
Critical analysis, group discussion, grant evaluation, societal impact and ethics.
Students will attend a range of research seminars delivered by external speakers in the Faculty of Biological Sciences that are relevant to their programme of study. Students will present at and attend journal clubs that occur in the school and also a specific set of student led journal club presentations using research papers from the external speakers. Students will attend a number of seminars that will introduce specific data handling approaches and problems that will then be tackled independently by the students. Students will attend sessions pertaining to modern research techniques and the settings in which they may be used.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||250.00|
|Total Contact hours||50.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyStudents will spend time researching literature, reading scientific papers, grant writing, evaluating the impact of data and preparing for journal club presentations and for their assessed grant proposal.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAttendance at journal club sessions and seminars will be monitored, and their progress monitored through their performance in their presentations during the module.
Students will be required to maintain a log of notes for each research seminar and identify if/how issues arising from the journal club were addressed by the speaker. They will be required to submit these periodically for assessment.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||Short topical review||20.00|
|Report||Notes about research seminars (Pass/Fail)||0.00|
|Oral Presentation||2 x Journal club||30.00|
|In-course Assessment||Grant proposal & evaluation||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 03/12/2021
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