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Research Project - BIO00057M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Peter Mayhew
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module gives students independent, first-hand experience of the research process in a capstone project, during which students will work with a project director to (1) frame their research within the context of existing knowledge, (2) develop and test ideas or hypotheses to explain observations, (3) execute and manage objectives, (4) critically analyse data and (5) communicate the results of their study with reference to information sources in a project report and poster presentation. Projects will be offered that allow students to explore areas of interest across the discipline in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Ecology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, including projects with a focus on laboratory and field based research and/or data analysis.

Module learning outcomes

  • Design and execute a research project
  • Critically reflect on project development, ethical considerations and the development of personal attributes and skills in the context of the work conducted.
  • 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 critically 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 70
Reflective Assessment
N/A 5
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Poster presentation/Oral defence of poster
N/A 25

Special assessment rules



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

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

These are available in EARL which is accessible through the VLE module site.

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