Run by School of Medical Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Edgar Hartsuiker
Overall aims and purpose
This module consists of a number of research seminars on subjects related to Medical Biology. Before each seminar the students will be given some publications and background reading which will help them prepare for the seminar. The seminars will be delivered by a range of (predominantly external) recognised experts and leaders in their field. Students will be able to attend, make notes and ask questions directly after the seminar and meet with the speaker in a separate session to ask questions and discuss the main findings of the research and its implications in more detail. The aim of this module is to teach the students how to critically analyse and review results, draw conclusions and challenge any weaknesses in the presented argumentation.
Seminar speakers and the content of seminars will vary on a yearly basis and will be published at the beginning of each semester. Students will be able to attend a minimum of 10 m seminars.
Distinction (A- to A**) (range 70-100%)
Detailed understanding of the subject area
Extensive background study
Highly focussed answer and well structured
Logically presented and defended arguments
No factual/computational errors
New links between topics are developed
New approach to a problem
Excellent presentation with very accurate communication
Merit (B- to B+) (range 60-69%)
Understands most but not all of the subject area
Evidence of background study
Focussed answer with good structure
Arguments presented coherently
Mostly free of factual/computational errors
Some limited original interpretation
Well known links between topics are described
Problems addressed by existing methods/approaches
Good presentation with accurate communication
Pass (C- to C+) (range 50-59%)
Knowledge of key areas/principles
Understands the main elements of the subject area
Limited evidence of background study
Answer focussed on question but also with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure
Arguments presented but lack coherence
Has several factual/computational errors
No original interpretation
Only major links between topics are described
Limited problem solving
Some weaknesses in presentation and accuracy
Communicate ideas effectively and professionally by written means, adhering to levels and standards used in academia and industry
Analyse the suitability of methods chosen to obtain results and suggest further methods/experiments to address any weaknesses in the presented research and advance the field
Critically appraise a research seminar and select and process the key messages
Critically evaluate research seminars with reference to reviews and research articles
Critically compare and relate information coming from a range of presenters and make novel connections between them
|COURSEWORK||Critical analysis of research seminar||
Students are asked to critically analyse a research seminar of their choice. They should present an overview of the background literature to provide a current state of the field, present the main results and conclusions as presented in the seminar, identify potential weaknesses in the interpretation and how these could be addressed by further experimentation. Students are also expected to provide a brief overview on how the presented research might impact future diagnosis and treatment of patients
Students will be asked a range of short essay questions to test their knowledge, understanding and relation to the published literature of the presented research seminars.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
After each seminar students will be able to meet the seminar speakers and discuss various aspects of the presented research
Students will utilise this time to prepare for seminars by reading the suggested background literature, work out and interpret the notes they have made during the seminars and workshops and prepare/revise for assessments.
Students will be able to attend a minimum of 10 lectures/research seminars given by (predominantly external) experts and leaders in their field
- 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.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
Obtain knowledge and understanding of disease processes in the context of the study and investigation of those processes.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding from a professional, evidence-based approach to research into the pathogenesis and origins of disease processes and the diagnosis and monitoring of disease.
Ability to use and integrate the knowledge of various key subjects to further the understanding of the study, investigation, diagnosis and monitoring of human health and disease and the therapeutic strategies applicable to disease states.
Awareness of current laboratory methods available for the study, investigation, diagnosis and monitoring of human health and disease in clinical and research environments. This includes an appreciation of the development and evaluation of new and current methods and therapeutic intervention strategies.
Resource implications for students