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Unit information: Project in 2015/16

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Unit name Project
Unit code MEDIM4100
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Perks
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This module aims to teach students to design and conduct good quality research in human reproduction and early development. Candidates will be able to select a topic or design their project in collaboration with their personal supervisor and/or co-supervisor.

This module aims to introduce the student to research methods and presentation; topics will range from practical laboratory-based projects to audit of clinical studies.


Deliver seminars within a workshop environment describing study design, background literature searching, current presentation techniques and computer skills employed in scientific research, supplemented with practical demonstrations of oral and poster presentation skills. Critical review of the literature and analysis of data. Using distance-learning techniques (such as Internet and e-mail) for online conferencing, receipt of written drafts and final dissertations, as well as telephone and personal tutorials for ongoing assessments.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

  • undertake a literature search in their field of study
  • design and undertake a research project
  • analyse data and present findings and defend this work during oral examination.

Teaching Information

  • Seminars (2)
  • Conferencing (5)

Assessment Information

Outline of project, 1-2 pages. Not marked

Part 1: a short review (5,000-7,000 words) on a specific topic. 30%

Part 2: 4,000-5,000 words derived from or related to Part 1. Can take the form of: 1) clinical audit, 2) a systematic review, 3) data analysis, or 4) a short project grant application. 40%

Poster presentation and oral examination. 30%

Reading and References

Postgraduate study in the biological sciences: a researchers’ companion (1993), R J Beynon, Portland Press

Qualitative Health Research (1992) JM Morse, Sage