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Advanced Research Topics in Biotechnology - BIO00062M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rachel Hope
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

The overarching aim is for students to write a scientific essay that addresses a contemporary research question within their chosen discipline of Biotechnology. Students will develop their own research question and plan their essay through 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

Subject content Students will have:

A comprehensive and critical understanding of research topics in the areas of Biotechnology.

Knowledge of a range of experimental approaches and techniques in the fields of Biotechnology,

Academic and graduate skills Students will be able to:

Communicate, and critically evaluate peer-reviewed scientific literature in topics relating to their chosen discipline through oral and written presentations.

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

Provide constructive feedback on 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 open assessments will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Individual comments will be added to your script and/or on separate summary feedback document. Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.

Indicative reading

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