Research Skills - BIO00027H

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gareth Evans
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with skills to support their development as they proceed to become biology graduates. In particular, the module focuses on analysis of primary research material. This is assessed via a 3000 word open essay, and a closed examination (the Comprehension and Criticism paper) in which students answer questions on a primary research paper. To support these assessments, students take part in “Journal club” type activities in which they will read analyse and criticise a recent research paper in small groups with academics acting as conveners. Additional sessions will be included to provide generic support for students’ skills in areas such as writing essays & reports, preparation of CVs, career development and presentation skills. Students will also have the opportunity to attend research seminars given by internal and external speakers as part of departmental research seminar series.

Module learning outcomes

  • To demonstrate an ability to critically analyse papers in the primary bioscience literature.
  • To identify and select appropriate material from the primary literature in order to address a question relevant to contemporary bioscience research.
  • To communicate information from the primary literature in written form.
  • To synthesise an argument based on numerous sources of primary research information

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Open Essay Paper
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Comprehension and Criticism Paper
2.5 hours 50

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Open Essay Paper
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Comprehension and Criticism Paper
2.5 hours 50

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process; Stage 3 and 4 scripts are not returned to you, but you will be given feedback on your January examinations by the middle of the spring term and will also have an opportunity to view the examiners’ comments on your scripts at the end of the spring and summer terms.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

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