Run by School of Natural Sciences
30.000 Credits or 15.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Anil Shirsat
Overall aims and purpose
This module is only available to students on College of Natural Sciences Degree Programmes
The purpose of this module is to prepare students for the research project and dissertation. Students will be taught research and written scientific report, seminar and presentation skills and acquire expert knowledge and experience for their research project. To achieve this a selection of key IT software packages for the analysis of data, compilation and utilisation of scientific bibliographies, and creation of correctly formatted and referenced scientific reports, presentations and dissertations will be available from the Library. Students will then be presented with a research topic and project supervisor who will provide the student with help and guidance to appropriate areas for literature survey and organise any specialised research techniques training required.
1) To present a report in correct scientific English. 2) To present all Figures and Diagrams with adequate Titles and Legends 3) To present all references in the Harvard Format. 4) To present the report using appropriate subheadings. 5) To present the report in the appropriate format, as specified in the module descriptor.
Written report, oral presentation and research summary objectives should demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the essential facts and key concepts of all the subjects covered in this module.
Written report, oral presentation and research summary objectives should demonstrate at least a satisfactory knowledge and understanding of the essential facts and key concepts of all the subjects covered in this module.
Threshold (Distinction) 70% or above: Written report, oral presentation and research summary objectives should demonstrate an excellent knowledge and understanding of the essential facts and key concepts of all the subjects covered in this module and display evidence of self-researched knowledge.
Develop the ability to write an up to date scientific introduction to the research project with an appropriate bibliography
Develop the ability to present research via a written scientific report and powerpoint presentation.
Develop the ability to research (uncover, process, interpret and evaluate) the background literature of a pre-determined research topic
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||
A research project selection meeting will be followed be a series of formative progress meetings to assess progress in the writing up of the literature review,
|Practical classes and workshops||
In semester 1, depending on the needs of the student, a series of lectures, workshops, tutorials and practical demonstration classes in the use of key IT software packages required for production and presentation of scientific data, reports and dissertations will be offered.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Engagement with current developments in the biosciences and their application.
- Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of organisms.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
Resource implications for students
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C7AA: MSc Molecular Biology with Biotechnology year 1 (MSC/MBB)