Data analysis - BIO00058M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Emma Rand
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with skills in data analysis and reflection, that will enable them to act as independent researchers. Students choose two data analysis options from several according to their interests and discipline. Within each option, students will be provided with the opportunity to learn about and be supported in applying these analytical skills to defined problems discussed in workshops. Furthermore, students will apply their skills independently to a 'project' for each option and produce a critical reflection of their skills development.

The skills options for 2017/18 are:

  • Analysing and using 3D structures in molecular bioscience research
  • Biological data science
  • Image analysis
  • Sequence analysis

Each options consists of c.15 hours of contact time in the form of lectures and workshops, for which students will be set specific tasks, and be able to develop and discuss their ideas for independent / project work. The specific learning outcomes of the individual skills options will map onto the overall module learning outcomes.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the acquisition of skills in experimental design and data analysis, related to the options chosen within the module.
  • Apply the skills learned to address novel bioscience problems.
  • Evaluate the usefulness of the skills learned for bioscience research at all stages from experimental design to the communication of results.
  • Reflect on: how the skills learned could be applied in other work at all stages of research, and evaluate their impact on outputs; how the skills might be extended, and how the skills gained might be useful in life after graduation.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Project Report
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Project Report
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Reflective Statement
N/A 40

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Project Report
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Project Report
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Reflective Statement
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will be provided with feedback on data analysis and reflection tasks completed within the workshops. Peer-to-peer feedback within workshops will be encouraged.

Feedback on summative assessment will be returned with six weeks

Indicative reading

Problem based skills development means key texts are not appropriate.



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