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BMSC3399 Extended Research Project Preparation

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Andrew Smith

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

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


BMSC3398Practical Research Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To develop the ability to plan and implement a comprehensive literature search using a range of literature searching tools;
- to develop the ability to critically evaluate and synthesize information from different published sources relevant to the topic;
- to write a well-structured literature review;
- to present the literature research findings;
- to manage time effectively, achieve objectives set and work independently.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
- advanced their skills in the appropriate and selective use of computer based literature search tools including online databases such as ISI Web of knowledge, Medline and PubMed;
- advanced their ability to critically evaluate and integrate information from a range of published sources connected to their topic area;
- completed a well-structured and well-articulated literature review;
- given an oral presentation explaining literature research findings and answered questions on the work;
- improved their ability to organise their time, achieve objectives set and report back on their achievements.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to develop and utilise the following skills: project and time management, research study design, research skills, literature searching, critical analysis of the literature, data handling and analysis, scientific report writing and oral communication.


Students will be required to carry out a literature review according to the specific project that will be studied in level 5. The project will be assessed on the basis of a written literature review and an oral presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings101.0010.00
Private study hours188.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This includes searching and reading scientific research literature, analysis, writing a literature review and preparation of a poster

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Routine monitoring by individual supervisors. Drafts of written reviews to receive comments from supervisors before formal assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 minute presentation of main findings20.00
Oral PresentationProcess mark - oral feedback, regular meetings with supervisor10.00
ProjectExperimental project proposal40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:47:37


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