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BLGY2304 Research and Study Skills Level 2

20 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Anna Riach

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

Year running 2024/25


BLGY1307Research & Study Skills Level 1

Module replaces

BLGY2303 Research and Study Skills Level 2, 10c &BLGY2192 Experimental Design and Analysis, 10c

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module further develops the core research and scientific skills that were developed in level 1 and helps to prepare students for their 3rd year research projects and beyond.


On completion of the module, students will
- Gain enhanced understanding of scientific literature.
- Improve scientific writing and presentation skills.
- Deepen understanding of the scientific process, and develop critical thinking skills.
- Develop skills in formulating and communicating a scientific proposal.
- Develop skills in using statistical software to clean and analyse data.
- Develop skills in CV writing, job applications and undergoing job interviews.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have further developed their scientific and research skills, including a range of transferable skills that they will apply to their future careers. Students will be able to:
1. Communicate ideas in a variety of specified written, verbal or visual formats to academic, specialist and non-specialist audiences
2. Produce a scientific proposal built around a testable hypothesis that is supported by relevant evidence.
3. Use specified numerical approaches and techniques to process, explain and evaluate scientific data
4. Reflect on and evaluate their strengths, limitations and performance and identify the impact of them in relation to their employability, as evidenced through CV writing and job interview.


The module provides:
- Experience of CV writing and job applications
- Development of skills in reading and comprehending the scientific literature.
- Enhanced understanding of scientific research and hypothesis testing
- Further experience in scientific writing
- Further experience of writing and delivering oral presentations
- An introduction to experimental design
- Experience in developing research proposals
- Guidance regarding 3rd year research projects
- Development of core research skills such as analysis using statistical software

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Work-based mentoring11.001.00
Private study hours167.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutors will provide formative feedback on written assignments, but with discretion regarding when and how this is done. So, for instance, formative feedback could now be given on the ‘in progress’ version of an assessed essay, rather than via a separate essay. Lecturer and demonstrators supporting the use of statistical software during computer practicals will identify concepts that need clarification.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 minute presentation30.00
ReportResearch project report 2000 words70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 07/05/2024


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