BIOL40360 Research Project

Academic Year 2021/2022

The research project is a key element in the curriculum. In this module students are assigned and carry out a research project associated with a specific academic supervisor. Students select individual projects from a list provided by the module co-ordinator, following consultation with the selected supervisor. During the designated period students are expected to devote themselves to their project (subject to other programme requirements). Students must familiarise themselves with the rules of the laboratory and with health and safety practices. Students will maintain regular contact with their supervisor who will assist by reading and commenting on written work and will provide advice and constructive criticism as necessary.
Students will also be introduced to a range of library, statistical and personal development skills which will build on modules taken in Stages 1 through Stage 3.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

During this module students will:
- Develop an ability to synthesise information;
- Understand the importance of self-motivation and application;
- Understand and appreciate the importance of experimental design;
- Develop organisational skills;
- Develop technical competence;
- Develop problem-solving abilities;
- Be able to utilise online library searches and associated reference management systems;
- Be able to appreciate and see the relevance of research seminars as a mode of communicating research;
- Participate within the school's research community (both within a research group and across the school via the seminar series)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Learning will be largely self-directed under the guidance of your supervisor and their research group.
Formal classes will be held to give you training in using software to manage literature and other transferable skills. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Dissertation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Transferable skills course work Unspecified n/a Graded No


Presentation: Seminar Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Project Work Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Your project supervisors will give you feedback on drafts of your elevator pitch, oral presentation and final project thesis. Individual feedback on the assessed components is available on request to the module coordinator. Some of the transferable skills will be be assessed in-class with a peer assessment exercise.

Name Role
Dr Harriet Benbow Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gavin Stewart Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
2 Trimester (Sep-May)
Seminar Offering 50 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 50 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
2 Trimester (Sep-May)