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Unit information: MSc Project Proposal in 2021/22

Unit name MSc Project Proposal
Unit code BIOCM0006
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. James
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Biochemistry
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The Unit consists of a 3,000 word project proposal to be completed in the form of an extended essay which includes a review of the literature relevant to the project and a plan of the proposed project. The project proposal is on a subject of the students own choosing taken from a list of practical projects supplied by the Programme Director. Each student will work independently to complete a review of their chosen topic. The review forms the bulk of the introduction to the research project dissertation but is assessed separately prior to the assessment of the dissertation.

The Unit aims are:

To provide experience in the planning of a research project.

To provide experience in the acquisition and analysis of data from various sources including printed and online Scientific Journals, databases, and textbooks.

To provide experience in the use of computer skills including word processing and data presentation packages.

To foster individual work, demonstrating organisation, and time management.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Unit the students should be able to:

• plan a research project based on an analysis of existing data,

• collate and analyse data from various sources including printed and online Scientific Journals, databases, and textbooks,

Demonstrate basic computer skills including proficiency in the use of word processing packages

Work independently, demonstrating organisational skills and the ability to manage time effectively.

Teaching Information

Directed reading.

Assessment Information

The completed Project proposal will be assessed independently by two members of Academic Staff.


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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.

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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.