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Unit information: SWDTP Research project 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name SWDTP Research project 2
Unit code BIOLM0008
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Andy Bailey
Open unit status Not open



Statistical methods for Life Scientists, Complexity for Life Scientists, Techniques in Life Sciences, Research Project 1

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

Description including Unit Aims

To further experience laboratory research at a postgraduate level, under the supervision of a different member of staff to project 1. This will be an individual research project based in a group, subject area or method relating to the intended PhD subject area. The research will be guided by the supervisor with regular meetings with the student to set goals and to show how research is managed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to select the most appropriate methods to solve research challenges.

To develop skills in finding relevant literature and to gain an understanding of the methods involved in the project.

To design appropriate experiments and include appropriate controls.

To collect and appropriately present data.

To critically analyse the data.

To communicate this in a formal written report in the style of a research paper.

Teaching Information

Research in laboratory environment plus associated reviews of literature, one to one meetings with supervisors to discuss data analysis etc.

Assessment Information

The student will give a 10-15 minute talk about the projects and submit a project report in the style of a research paper (guide of 5000-7000 words).

30% of the unit marks will be continuous assessment assessing aspects such as commitment, organisation, planning, intellectual input, technical ability, communication etc. 70% of the unit mark will be the project report.

Both marks will be awarded by the supervisor.

Both the CA and project report assessment will be moderated by the implementation group.

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