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Unit information: Research Project in Health Sciences Renal (Hacking for NHS option) in 2021/22

Unit name Research Project in Health Sciences Renal (Hacking for NHS option)
Unit code BRMSM0053
Credit points 80
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Becky Foster
Open unit status Not open



Hacking for health

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit will only be undertaken by those students choosing to undertake the Hacking for NHS Unit, for which it is co-requisite.

The project will apply the knowledge and skills introduced and developed previous units taken, and in taking this students will develop and demonstrate core skills in Health Services Research as applied to Renal health care.

Intended Learning Outcomes

An overview of content
The research project consists of an extended period of research work (constituting 80/180 credits), followed by the writing of a dissertation in the form of a thesis, and oral presentation, and a poster presentation followed by a viva. Students will design and conduct research in the field of Renal health. Students will collect, analyse, interpret and critically assess their results. They will write-up their findings in a thesis which will include an abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion (in which they will integrate new information into current scientific knowledge), and references. Students will present and defend their ideas and conclusions through written and spoken communication in their thesis, oral presentation and viva.

How will students, personally, be different as a result of the unit
Student will be able to plan and carry out independent research, and defend their ideas to fellow scholars.

Learning outcomes
By completion of this unit the students should be able to:
1. Design and execute experiments / research.
2. Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate their own scientific data.
3. Appraise competing hypotheses and understand how their own data fits within current scientific understanding or beliefs.
4. Communicate original findings and ideas to a specialist audience using written and verbal presentation skills.
5. Apply knowledge and transferable skills learned in previously taken units. These include: subject-specific knowledge; computer skills; experimental / research methodology; time management; organisation; effective team and independent work.

Teaching Information

Independent research with theoretical and practical supervision from the Project Supervisor and designated second 'day-to-day' supervisor.

Guidance in the form of tutorials from Unit Lead and Programme Directors. Meetings may be online or face-to-face, where appropriate.

Assessment Information

Tasks which help you learn and prepare you for summative tasks (formative):

• Students will work on an independent research project forapproximately 5 months, devised following consultation with a PI with expertise in the field of Renal health.
• Students will discuss the proposed content with supervisors, and provide a written outline for formative feedback and approval, before writing of the thesis begins.
• The equivalent of one complete draft can be submitted to the supervisor for formative feedback once only.

Tasks which count towards your unit mark (summative):

• Students will write-up their research in the form of a thesis (10,000 words maximum). This will account for 70% of the summative assessment for this unit. The thesis will be independently assessed by the supervisor and one other member of academic staff with the relevant background knowledge (but who had not been directly involved with the project). This will assess leaning outcomes 1-5.
• Students will have a viva conducted after a poster presentation of their work. This accounts for 25% of the summative assessment for this unit and students are expected to pass with a mark of at least 50% to pass the unit overall. This will assess learning outcomes 1-5. The final viva will be conducted by an appropriate panel of academic staff, including a Programme Director.
• Students will present a 10 minute talk summarising their research and be expected to answer questions pertaining to it. The final talk accounts for 5% of the summative assessment and will primarily assess learning outcome 4.

When assessment does not go to plan

If the assessment is failed, a resit may be permitted by the exam board in qualifying circumstances.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.