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Research Skills - BIO00066M

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

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The aim of the module is to enable students to engage actively with the contemporary literature in an area of bioscience that supports the research project work they are conducting. This will involve two complementary activities:

  • Students will develop the skills to comprehend, interpret and evaluate scientific studies so they are able to deliver a ‘journal club’ presentation that summarises and critiques a research publication.

  • Students will develop writing skills to concisely review the literature in a scientific topic relating to their research project.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the background literature relating to the topic underpinning the research project they are undertaking.

Academic and graduate skills

Students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate peer-reviewed research literature.

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

  • Communicate scientific research via written and oral presentations.

  • Respond to questions and/or defend a point of view relating to the oral presentation of a scientific study.


Task Length % of module mark
Literature Review
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Journal Club
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Literature Review
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Journal Club
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will receive comments on a formative draft of their literature review and a formative journal club presentation from their research project director.

Feedback on the summative assessments will be provided within four weeks of submission/presentation.

Indicative reading


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