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Unit information: Bioinformatics Project Planning in 2020/21

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Unit name Bioinformatics Project Planning
Unit code BIOLM0028
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Paps Montserrat
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce students to different aspects of designing and executing a research project in the area of bioinformatics. The students will produce a research project plan, a literature review, and a risk assessment of the project. These will be assessed by their project supervisors and a mentor. The students will have opportunity to plan, develop and implement the different aspects of the research project before it starts.

The aim of this unit will be to provide students with a detailed understanding of the concepts behind project planning, risks, and understanding of the literature associated with their project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes (LOs) for this unit are:

A: Knowledge and Understanding:

1. to understand the concepts required to effectively plan a research project.

2. to develop knowledge on the different aspects of risk assessment and ethical aspects of project design.

3. to acquire the concepts behind exploring and assessing critically the literature associated with a scientific question.

B: Intellectual Skills/Attributes:

1. to devise the best approach to execute a research project centred on a scientific question.

2. to implement the actions required to grant personal safety during the development of the project.

3. to write an effective and critical summary of the scientific literature around a biological question.

Teaching Information

The unit will be delivered through a mixture of short lectures followed by individual exercises with computers. Blackboard will be used engage students with the unit content.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment will be provided on tasks, each of them designed around the main learning objectives (project planning, risks assessment, literature review, etc.). 60% of the marks will derive from the literature review (no longer than 4,000 words), 30% from the project plan, and 10% from the risk assessment.

Reading and References

Walliman, Your Research Project: Designing and Planning Your Work (SAGE Study Skills Series)