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Research Process - BIO00065M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Nia Bryant
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to learn about, reflect upon and then implement key elements of the research process, including: selecting a research area; formulating research questions, hypotheses and objectives; designing experiments, data collection and analysis. These skills will be acquired through complementary activities:


  • Attending departmental bioscience research seminars delivered by invited speakers, which take place in term time throughout the year.

  • Reflecting on the research process presented in seminars and writing a scientific abstract of a research study.

  • Working in a group to develop a research grant proposal that addresses a global challenge of interest to the students.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have a comprehensive and critical understanding of:

  • A range of scientific studies presented by invited seminar speakers.


Academic and graduate skills

Students will be able to:

  • Reflect upon and communicate a research study via a written abstract.

  • Work effectively within a small group to create an interdisciplinary research proposal.


Task Length % of module mark
Group grant proposal
N/A 80
Research Seminar Abstract
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Group grant proposal
N/A 80
Research Seminar Abstract
N/A 20

Module feedback


Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided within 4 weeks of submitting the assessment.

Indicative reading


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