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Module MSE-4025:

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

60 Credits or 30 ECTS Credits

Semester 3

Organiser: Dr David Pryce

Overall aims and purpose

The dissertation module aims to provide a platform for students to apply and develop the knowledge, understanding and laboratory experimental applications experience they have developed in the taught modules, to experimentally investigate an important, current, research area of human medical molecular biology.

The module is linked to MSE-4027 and will encompass a substantial piece of hypothesis-driven laboratory research. It will allow students to further develop and enhance their laboratory work practices, improve their self-initiative and professional time management skills in a research environment, and generate, collate, analyse and interpret data. Substantial opportunity is also provided for supervisory support in the preparation of research findings, to specific oral and written presentation formats; essential skills necessary for future careers at PhD level research and in industry.

Course content

The topics delivered in this module will be dependent on the specific research project area chosen and specific research hypothesis the student undertakes. All projects will provide extensive opportunity to utilise, develop and refine a wide range of molecular laboratory protocols and techniques.

A range of research project areas are available. Projects are supervised by research active Academic Staff from the School of Medical Sciences and aligned to their research areas

Assessment Criteria


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 & 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


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 answers and well structured. Arguments are logically presented and defended with evidence and examples. No factual/computational errors. 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


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

Learning outcomes

  1. Able to efficiently and accurately collate and present research findings to specific scientific formats

  2. Able to efficiently execute, and/or modify/develop scientific methodologies

  3. Able to generate/extract data from a variety of sources to address a specific research aim

  4. Able to choose and employ relevant methods of data analysis to address a specific research hypothesis

  5. Able to perform in-depth analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data

  6. Able to use initiative, independently work and employ professional time management skills

  7. Able to critically discuss qualitative and/or quantitative data and draw appropriate conclusions

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Research Poster Presentation
  • The Poster and presentation should be as concise as possible, written in a style accessible to a broad scientific readership
  • It should present a brief background introduction to the experimental hypothesis that was addressed, a set of fully processed results and findings, with no more than seven figures and/or tables, and a bullet-point summary of key findings.
  • It is estimated the notional effort involved in preparation for and undertaking of the Poster presentation assessment should be approximately 60 hours.
  • Each poster/presenter assessment will take approximately 20 minutes, including time for questions
REPORT Research Paper
  • The Research Paper should be formatted as per submission to the Journal Cell
  • The paper should be as concise as possible and written in a style that is accessible to the broad scientific readership.
  • The abstract/summary should be no more than 150 words
  • The total word count must be 4000 - to - 5,000 words (maximum) in length (excluding final bibliography/references)
  • A maximum of seven figures and/or tables can be included and up to 50 references
  • NOTE: At the discretion of the project supervisor, additional information may be included as Supplemental Information. Supplemental Information will not be included in the summative assessment

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Self-directed: background study, Lab/research portfolio Book recording, data processing and analysis and assessment preparation


Tutorials will consist of student presentations and discussion of research project progress

Frequency: June – September.

  • Sessions should be spaced to a maximum of 2hr per week
  • At a supervisor discretion, one-to-one supervisor input can be increased in frequency and duration
  • Tutorial sessions must include student presentation of laboratory notes, research portfolio, analysed data and research findings. Project status and progress will also be discussed
Individual Project

experimental work/and or data mining. Frequency: maximum of 25hrs per week


Please note for 2020/21 this module will be delivered according to Bangor University COVID-19 regulations

  1. Asynchronous online delivery will be available for students not able to be on-campus in Bangor due to COVID-19 and to be used for revision purposes.
    Provision will include: Panopto recorded lectures, tutorials and demonstrations available via Blackboard
  2. Synchronous timetabled online delivery will be available to students on-campus in Bangor and those not able to be in Bangor due to COVID-19
    Provision may include: Live lectures/seminars/tutorials/demonstrations/presentations delivered via Teams or Blackboard collaborate and drop-in discussion sessions via Teams (tutor availability will be indicated)
  3. On-campus timetabled delivery will be available only to students on-campus in Bangor
    Provision may include: small group laboratory work, lectures, seminars, presentations and tutorials

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • 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.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • 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


Resource implications for students

All resources needed to complete this module are provided. Computers can be accessed in multiple locations across the university. All teaching materials will be available on Blackboard. Completed assignments will be uploaded onto Turnitin through Blackboard. A limited number of the recommended textbooks can be found within the library.

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