2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BIOL3396 Molecular & Cellular Biology Research Projects
40 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Dr Chi Trinh
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsSuccessful completion of Level 2 study
This module is mutually exclusive with
|BIOL3397||Biotechnology Research Project|
Module replacesBIOC3160, BIOL3306, MICR3110, MICR3080.
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe final year Research Project provides students with the opportunity to become fully engaged with their research discipline. With guidance from an academic supervisor, students have the opportunity to develop a research question and then to undertake independent research to answer that question. Outcomes are presented in a report that outlines the context of the research, the approaches taken, conclusions made and future work, including the potential applications of the research findings.
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate the ability to plan, execute and report on a research investigation based either on their own experimental data, other available data or on published literature.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a research topic in molecular and cellular biology (biochemistry, biological sciences or microbiology related);
2. Demonstrate skills in the appropriate and selective use of library resources, including computer based search tools including online databases such as ISI Web of knowledge, Medline and PubMed;
3. Demonstrate the ability to read critically a scientific paper to identify the key features of the study, interpret data presented and assess them critically in order to draw appropriate conclusions;
4. Write a clear, coherent and detailed report of their project in a scientifically acceptable format;
5. Prepare a poster that presents their research results, and answer questions on the work;
6. Conform to ethical and safety standards, and professional boundaries and norms where applicable.
- 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: project reports, poster.
Students have the option of undertaking research on a laboratory-based project, literature researching a specific topic in detail, research developing or adapting computer software for use in a molecular and cellular biology environment, or alternative projects as available.
Depending on the type of project, an appropriate combination of practical work in advanced molecular and cellular 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.
Non-laboratory projects include a biological sciences-related extension exercise in the form of a research grant proposal.
As part of this module, students are expected to attend School research seminars to develop their knowledge and understanding of research in fields related to their degree programme.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||100.00|
|Private study hours||102.00|
|Total Contact hours||198.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||400.00|
Private studyStudents 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 102 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackMeetings with supervisor (formally, weekly throughout semester 1).
- Initial report / project plan
- Draft report (critiqued but not formally assessed)
- Final report
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||see handbook for details||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
- Formative reports: a) summary of research project b) first draft version - Final report (70%) (failure to complete this work to a pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark). - Practical Process (20%) (assessment of laboratory or library skills) - Poster (10%)
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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