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Unit information: Bioinformatics Project Planning in 2021/22

Unit name Bioinformatics Project Planning
Unit code BIOLM0028
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Paps Montserrat
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce students to different aspects of designing and executing a research project in the area of bioinformatics. The students will produce a research project plan, a literature review, and a risk assessment of the project. These will be assessed by their project supervisors and a mentor. The students will have opportunity to plan, develop and implement the different aspects of the research project before it starts.

The aim of this unit will be to provide students with a detailed understanding of the concepts behind project planning, risks, and understanding of the literature associated with their project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes (LOs) for this unit are:

A: Knowledge and Understanding:

1. to understand the concepts required to effectively plan a research project.

2. to develop knowledge on the different aspects of risk assessment and ethical aspects of project design.

3. to acquire the concepts behind exploring and assessing critically the literature associated with a scientific question.

B: Intellectual Skills/Attributes:

1. to devise the best approach to execute a research project centred on a scientific question.

2. to implement the actions required to grant personal safety during the development of the project.

3. to write an effective and critical summary of the scientific literature around a biological question.

Teaching Information

The unit will be delivered through a mixture of short lectures followed by individual exercises with computers. Blackboard will be used engage students with the unit content.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment will be provided on tasks, each of them designed around the main learning objectives (project planning, risks assessment, literature review, etc.). 70% of the marks will derive from the literature review, 30% from the project plan, and there will be a formative risk assessment exercise.


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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.