2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC3398 Practical Research Skills
20 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Dr Lin-Hua Jiang
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsContinued progression on MBIOL from Level 2 to Level 3 (minimum average of 65%)
|BMSC3399||Extended Research Project Preparation|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Objectives- To develop the personal and intellectual skills required to become producers as well as consumers of scientific data and ideas;
- To provide experience of using a range of current biological techniques and understand how to use combined approaches to build more general understanding;
- To provide experience in planning experimental research and combing individual techniques to design broad studies;
- To provide experience of combining data from individual experimental approaches related to a single area to obtain a broader understanding.
- To provide experience of analysis and presentation of scientific data.
On completion of this module, the student will have:
- Acquired a greater knowledge and understanding of experimental design;
- Gained experience in the collation, analysis and presentation of scientific data;
- Prepared and submitted a written report on how techniques/tools experienced are applied to address specific research questions.
Project formulation, data collection and analysis, presentation of data in the form of a report.
Students will undertake several online assignments that will utilise current research techniques and methods. Some assignments will stand alone, while others will be linked by using different approaches to address the same research question. Throughout, the students will be exposed to interpreting experimental data, literature searching, reading and reviewing and report writing. The module will finish with the integration of the data to generate a more holistic understanding.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Computer Simulated Practical Techniques||4||1.00||4.00|
|Independent online learning hours||142.00|
|Private study hours||40.00|
|Total Contact hours||18.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyThis includes associated reading, project planning, analysis of experimental data, writing of results.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackDue to COVID-19, existing practical classes will be replaced with online data interpretation exercises, virtual tours of Faculty facilities, and bioinformatics workshops. The report (70% of formal assessment) will be check marked to determine it has reached a pass standard, and annotated to give feedback.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Addressing a specific research question||70.00|
|In-course Assessment||Group activity||20.00|
|In-course Assessment||Reflective assignment||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Due to COVID-19, existing practical classes will be replaced with online data interpretation exercises, virtual tours of Faculty facilities, and bioinformatics workshops. The report (60% of formal assessment) will be check marked to determine it has reached a pass standard, and annotated to give feedback.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 03/12/2021
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