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2005/06 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BIOL5299M Bioscience MRes Research Project

90 creditsClass Size: 999

Module manager: Dr Aysha Divan

Taught: 1 Feb to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL 5290M BIOL 5298M

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should have:

- Completed an introductory literature search and gained experience in grant proposal writing and project planning;
- completed a laboratory research project demonstrating originality and diligence in an area of science appropriate to their chosen course options with the expectation of producing high quality scientific results;
- gained experience in experimental planning, execution and analysis including presentation of scientific data and use of appropriate computer programs;
- prepared and submitted a dissertation (up to 15,000 words) in a scientifically acceptable format. This dissertation should include an appropriate summary of relevant literature, an outline of aims of the project, descriptions of the methods used, details of the results obtained, conclusions drawn from these results and indications for future studies that might be undertaken. There is an expectation that material from the dissertation would be of a quality suitable to contribute to scientific publication;
- developed skills in the appropriate and selective use of library resources, including computer based search tools including databases such as BIDS and Medline and the Internet;
- prepared and presented an oral presentation on the subject of the project work and be able to answer questions on the topic area.


The module provides the student with an opportunity to undertake a high quality experimental project in a research laboratory based on a researched grant proposal on a topic agreed with the supervisor. The subject of the project will be related to the course options completed by the student during Semesters 1 and being undertaken during semester 2. The student will complete a detailed proposal in the form of a carefully researched grant proposal during the first 6 weeks. This should demonstrate that they have an understanding of the background literature a recognition of the problem they are addressing, and that sets out their detailed experimental plans. There will be regular meetings with the academic supervisor, normally on a weekly basis, with a proforma record of the outcome of the meeting. In addition there will be occasional tutorial sessions with groups of students to allow exchange of information about their project experiences and to provide them with general guidance on research and writing. The supervisor will also provide guidance on the format of the grant proposal and dissertation.

Teaching methods

Tutorials: 6 x 1 hour;

Research work: 630 hours.

Private study

Literature work and grant proposal;
Reading and preparation of dissertation;
Oral presentation.
264 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular contact with supervisor;
Formal weekly meetings with supervisor;
Oral presentation.

Methods of assessment

Grant proposal: 10%;
Execution, originality, diligence: 20%;
Report (up to 15,000 words): 65%;
Oral examination: 5%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/07/2006


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