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Biology Research Project - BIO00028H

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Peter Mayhew
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module will give a student training in experimental design and research techniques through an original research project. The project aims to train a student in the gathering and presenting background information about the subject area, agreeing on experimental strategies in consultation with an academic project director, conducting experimental or other appropriate approaches for gathering and recording scientific data, analysing and interpreting the available data and presenting this in a scientific report and oral presentation. Projects will be offered that will allow students to explore areas of interest across the discipline in Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Ecology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, a student should be able to:

  • Design and execute a research project.
  • Work effectively, safely and ethically on a research project.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use techniques appropriate to research in the biosciences.
  • Use appropriate methods to analyse results.
  • Communicate project background, aims and findings through a written report and oral presentation.
  • Present scientific data appropriately in written and graphical forms.


Task Length % of module mark
Project report
N/A 80
Reflective assessment
N/A 5
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral presentation
N/A 15

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Project report
N/A 100

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, 4 weeks after your assessment . 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

These are available through the VLE module site.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.