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Advanced Research Topics in Biotechnology - BIO00062M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Tim Doheny-Adams
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

The Advanced Research Topics module contains a series of lectures and workshops that focus on building both theoretical knowledge within a field of biomedicine and skills that are essential for research such as critical evaluation and the effective communication of complex scientific concepts.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

The overarching aim is for students to critically assess a contemporary research question within their chosen discipline of Biosciences. Students will develop an extended piece of writing, addressing a research question within their field by attending: i) research-led lectures on complementary topics within their discipline ii) supporting workshops that focus on writing skills and interpreting and critiquing the scientific literature, through small group activities.

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

Comprehend and critique current research topics in biotechnology

Explain and evaluatea range of experimental approaches and techniques used in biotechnology

Communicate, and critically evaluate scientific literature in topics in biotechnology.

Synthesise an argument that draws on several (potentially contradicting) sources.

Interpret and apply feedback to written work.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Marks for all summative assessments will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Feedback will be either individual or cohort-level, depending on the assessment format. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

For coursework summative assessments (eg. reports, essays, presentations) you will receive individual feedback on your work. This will usually be in the form of a feedback sheet that will include suggestions for further improvement.

During the teaching of the module you will receive formative feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Such feedback may include: model answers, individual spoken comments during workshops, peer feedback and individual written comments on formative work.

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.