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Critical analysis - BIO00056M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Nia Bryant
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

To enable students to engage actively with the contemporary literature and research work in an area of biosciences in which they want to specialise, within an interdisciplinary context. The module will consist of three main parts:

  • Seminar sized groups undertaking critical reviews of research literature. Each student within the seminar will present critique of two papers over the course of the module, one in Autumn term (formatively assessed) and one in Spring term (summatively assessed).
  • Attendance at research seminars. Students should attend research seminars, which take place through term time.
  • Proposal of a research project (grant proposal) based on an area of interest to the students (group work).

Module learning outcomes

  • To critically evaluate literature and presentations on research literature and on issues relating to the role of science.
  • To communicate scientific research via written and oral presentations.
  • To work within a small team to create, develop and critically review an interdisciplinary research proposal.


Task Length % of module mark
Grant proposal
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Literature critique
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Grant proposal
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Literature critique
N/A 50

Module feedback

Arrangements for feedback will be made clear at the start of the module.

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