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Unit information: Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name Research Project
Unit code MEDIM7100
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Hans Reul
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit consists of

- laboratory-based research project followed by the writing of a dissertation and a presentation during a Research Colloquium. The student will design and execute experiments, critically assess the results, integrate the new information into the broad body of scientific knowledge, and present and defend their ideas through written and spoken communication.

In exceptional circumstances only, a student may complete a desk-based research project in which the student will conduct a subject-based scientific literature review followed by either a proposed Experimental Research Plan or a Data Analysis Project, and a presentation of this work.

The aims of the Unit are to:

  1. Expose the student to an active research environment and enable acquirement of direct research experience.
  2. Give the student guided experience in the planning and execution of experiments.
  3. Enable the student to critically analyse and evaluate experimental data..
  4. Expose the student to the processes by which scientific experiments are planned and results are analysed, communicated and debated.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. perform experiments independently as far as feasible after a laboratory training period.
  2. demonstrate insight into the development of an experimental research design including data and statistical analysis methods
  3. write a concise dissertation including an appropriate evaluation and critical discussion of the obtained experimental data .
  4. give a clear presentation covering an introduction of the field of research, the hypotheses and aims of the study, the methods used, the data obtained, and a critical evaluation of these research findings in the light of the status of scientific knowledge.

Teaching Information

This unit is taught through training in the laboratory and discussion with the supervisor.

Assessment Information

This unit is assessed through a combination of a 6,500-word dissertation (70%), performance in the laboratory (10%) and an oral presentation during a Research Colloquium (20%).

In exceptional circumstances only: desk-based projects will be assessed based on a 6,000-word Literature Review (40%), a 4,000-word Experimental Research Plan or Data Analysis Project (40%), and an asynchronously delivered presentation (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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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.