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Unit information: Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name Research Project
Unit code BIOLM0026
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Andy Wakefield
Open unit status Not open



BIOLM0023 Project Planning

School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students conduct the research project in biology that they planned in detail for the Project Planning unit and putting into practice many of the transferable skills learned in the Professional Development unit. They may undertake the project as a placement outside the School of Biological Sciences, in which case they will work with two supervisors: one outside the School and one academic within the school. Students collect data, conduct analysis and present the results for discussion. The unit starts in week 1 with project allocation and a meeting with their project supervisor. There is a four week pilot project stage in weeks 8-12 but the vast bulk of the research is done in TB2, thus enabling the Project Planning and Professional Development units to inform the Research Project Unit in a timely manner.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent scientific research and collect valid data;
  2. Interpret and analyse scientific data;
  3. Summarise and present results appropriately;
  4. Interpret their findings within the context of current published research

Teaching Information

Mostly independent research with regular student-supervisor consultations.

Assessment Information

Continuous assessment of the student's performance in the project (30% - tests ILOs 1, 2 and 3)

Dissertation, written in the style of a scientific paper for a chosen target journal (70%: 40% of this mark from project supervisor and 30% of this mark from second marker - tests ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)


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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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