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Unit information: International Students Summer Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name International Students Summer Research Project
Unit code BRMS10001
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Wong
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The unit aims to provide students with exposure to academic research in the biomedical and clinical sciences, and to acquire knowledge of a variety of research techniques and skills. Students will join pre-existing research groups to contribute directly to longer-term research output of the relevant groups, and to ongoing University of Bristol research endeavours. The unit aims to allow students to investigate a specific research question in considerable depth, develop the skills necessary to carry out a research project and gain an understanding of the process of scientific research.

The unit aims are to:

1) Promote understanding of the current literature in the biomedical sciences underpinning the research question;

2) develop independent work skills within a research environment;

3) design and carry out experiments and analyse data;

4) develop oral communication and presentation skills

5) gain skills in evaluating and critiquing research output

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will develop skills including:

1) Being able to search, read and understand scientific literature pertaining to the project

2) Demonstration of key research skills and techniques that are relevant to the project

3) Design, execution and analysis of a short research project

4) Using problem solving skills to troubleshoot

5) Communicate experimental observations in written format and in oral presentations

6) Working as part of a team to address a specific research topic

7) Being self-reliant and organise time effectively

Teaching Information

Practical-based laboratory or research work within research groups

Oral communication session

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed by a combination of written tasks (lab book, report) undertaken throughout the unit and an oral presentation delivered in the final week.

Supervisory assessment (10%)

The project supervisor will assess the student performance within the research group. Factors including satisfactory attendance as per a full-time research student, team-working, punctuality, industry and professionalism will be taken into account.

Research lab book (20%)

To be completed over the course of the project

Research report (40%)

A 500-word abstract comprising an Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion

Oral presentation (30%)

Individual oral presentation to colleagues and School staff members


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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.