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Unit information: Extended Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name Extended Research Project
Unit code PHPHM0016
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Brennan
Open unit status Not open

Extended Project Planning unit



School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will conduct the extended research project that they planned in the Extended Research Project Planning unit. Students will work closely with one or more academic supervisors as part of their research group, with the expectation that they take an active part in any lab meetings. Students will collect and analyse data and present it in the form of a written research paper and an oral presentation. The project will be around 14 weeks in length, with the main period for collecting data occurring in TB2. Students will be advised by their project supervisor and may have an additional supervisor in case their project is based outside the School. Regular facilitated group meetings with other MSci students will promote discussion about the progress of their project and brainstorming of problems that arise.

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. Individual consultations with supervisors. Students learn from each other from being part of a research group.

Assessment Information

6000-word dissertation written in the form of a research paper (tests ILOs 1-4) 60%

250-word scientific and lay abstracts (tests ILO 2) 5%

Supervisor’s report on lab performance (tests ILO 1) 15%

Oral presentation (15 minutes) and defence (10-15-minutes) (tests ILOs 2-4) 20%


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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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