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
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Project report
Essay/coursework Reflective Assessment
Oral presentation/seminar/exam Poster presentation/Oral defence of poster
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment: Project report
Arrangements for feedback will be made clear at the start of the module.
These are available in EARL which is accessible through the VLE module site.