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Group Research Project - BIO00082H

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Sean Sweeney
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module gives students independent, first-hand experience of the research process in a group research project, during which students will work with a project director to (1) frame their research within the context of existing knowledge, (2) develop and test ideas or hypotheses to explain observations, (3) execute and manage objectives, (4) critically analyse data and (5) communicate the results of their study with reference to information sources in a project report and oral presentation. Projects will be offered that allow students to explore areas of interest across the discipline in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Ecology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, a student should be able to:

1. Design and execute a research project

2. Work effectively, safely and ethically on a research project

3. Demonstrate the ability to use techniques appropriate to research in the biosciences

4. Use appropriate methods to critically analyse results

5. Communicate project background, aims and findings through a written report and oral presentation

6. Present scientific data appropriately in written and graphical forms



Task Length % of module mark
Written Report
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Written Report
N/A 80

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process; Stage 3 and 4 scripts are not returned to you, but you will be given feedback on your examinations and will also have an opportunity to view the examiners’ comments on your scripts at the end of the spring and summer terms.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

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