Research Skills 2023-24
North Wales Medical School
Module - Semester 2
The module begins with an introduction to the current research areas and MSc level research project opportunities available from Supervisors of School of Medical and Health Sciences. Students select research areas from available Supervisors and project allocations are then finalised.
Students then prepare a literature review, covering the background of their research project area, and in conjunction with their project supervisor, develop a research project hypothesis, and specific data collection and analysis methodologies, that will be utilised to address the research hypothesis. If necessary, specific skill sets, that have not been introduced or acquired in the laboratory based taught modules of the MEDMBG MSc program may also be developed in this stage of the module. These skill sets may include specific data-mining techniques, critical aspects of Bioinformatic analysis and (under supervision of project research groups/supervisors) specific laboratory skills/techniques, which are directly applicable to a specific research project.
For student revision, lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations are recorded using the Panopto system
Skill sets developed may include specific data-mining techniques, critical aspects of Bioinformatic analysis and (under supervision of project research groups/supervisors) specific laboratory skills/techniques, which are directly applicable to a specific research project.
Threshold Pass (C- to C+ range 50-59%) Primary criteria. A threshold student demonstrates knowledge of key areas & principles, and understands the main elements of the subject area, although gaps and weaknesses in the argument are evident. No evidence of background study and wider reading. Answer focussed on question but also with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure & argument. Answers have several factual/computational errors. No original interpretation. No links between topics are described. Limited problem solving skills. Some weaknesses in presentation accuracy 7 delivery. Secondary Criteria C+ Good within the class - Exceeds expectations for some primary criteria - Strong factual knowledge with some weaknesses in understanding - Ideas/arguments are limited but are well presented C Mid-level - Matches all primary criteria - Moderate factual knowledge with some weaknesses in understanding - Ideas/arguments are limited presented with weaknesses in logic/presentation C- Meets requirements of class - Matches most but not all primary criteria - Moderate factual knowledge with several weaknesses in understanding - Ideas/arguments are limited presented with weaknesses in logic/presentation
Good Merit (B- to B+ range 60-69%) Primary criteria Good students demonstrate strong knowledge & understanding of most but not all of the subject area. Limited evidence of background study. The answer is focussed with good structure. Arguments are presented coherently, mostly free of factual/computational errors. Some limited original interpretation. Well know links between topics are described. Problems are addressed by existing methods/approaches. Good presentation with accurate communication Secondary Criteria B+ Good - Exceeds expectations for most primary criteria - Command of subject but with gaps in knowledge - *Some ideas/arguments original B Mid-level - Meets all primary criteria - Strong factual knowledge and understanding - Ideas/arguments are well presented by few are original B- Meets requirements of class - Meets most but not all primary criteria - Strong factual knowledge with minor weaknesses in understanding - Most but not all ideas/arguments are well presented and few are original
Excellent Distinction (A- to A** range 70-100%) Primary criteria Excellent students demonstrate comprehensive knowledge & detailed understanding of the subject area. Clear evidence of extensive background study & original thinking. Highly focussed, accurate and well structured information and concepts. Arguments are logically presented and defended with evidence and examples. Original interpretation of the information with clear evidence of wider reading. New links between topics are developed and new approaches to a problem are presented. Excellent presentation skills with very accurate communication. Secondary Criteria A Outstanding - Exceeds expectations for most primary criteria - Complete command of subject and other relevant areas - Ideas/arguments are highly original A+ Excellent - Exceeds expectations for some primary criteria - Complete command of subject - Ideas/arguments are highly original A Good - Meets all primary criteria - Command of subject but with minor gaps in knowledge areas - Ideas/arguments are mostly original A- Meets requirements of Class - Meets most but not all primary criteria - Complete command of subject but with some gaps in knowledge - Ideas/arguments are mostly original
- Demonstrate appropriate use of information technology applications in information research, collection, analysis and presentation
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of current peer reviewed background literature covering a specific research topic/area
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of laboratory data generation techniques and protocols required to answer a specific research question and hypothesis
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ethical design and development of a specific research hypothesis and strategy
- Demonstrate master level abilities to efficiently locate, collect and incorporate appropriate literature and/or secondary data into specifically formatted scientific documents or presentations
- Demonstrate master-level scientific writing and presentation skills, to specific scientific formats
Literature Review he literature view should review background published research literature relating to the specific research topic chosen. The format of the review must follow that of a full review published in the journal Cell. The review must not exceed a maximum of 5,000 words*, in-text references, figure/table legends: excluding final bibliography. A word count, excluding bibliography, must be included on the first page of the document A list of 4 Keywords (for database searching) must be included A maximum of 5 figures is allowed A maximum of 100 references is allowed An example paper, showing the layout and format of a literature review published in Cell is available here Lee and Young (2013) Click to view a guide on Academic Research and Writing - (Turnitin 2019) Literature review marking criteria. These criteria should be followed as close as possible to maximise the grade achievable for this assessment Literature review marking will be via Turnitin Rubric. This is visible via the Turnitin submission link, in the submissions portal. *NOTE. To maximise potential grade the full word count should obviously be utilised.
Project development presentation