NEUR40060 Neuroscience Research Project

Academic Year 2024/2025

Students are required to undertake a 10-week research project on a specified topic in neuroscience. Each student is assigned to a member of the academic staff, who will supervise the project. At the end of week 5 students will submit a written assignment That will form part of the continuous assessment engagement grade. On completion of the practical component of the project, each student must write a report and make an oral presentation of their findings. Throughout this module, the student acquires requisite skills in experimental techniques, critical data evaluation, and written and oral communication of scientific content related to neuroscience. Laboratory work is undertaken in Autumn; project write-up and presentation is completed in Spring. Due to social distancing required because of the Covid 19 pandemic the component of the project that is due to laboratory work may be greatly reduced. Each student will still have a topic to research however the opportunity to carry out personal dedicated experiments may be reduced by each supervisor, depending on the laboratory techniques involved.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Design and perform experiments using the techniques learned in their research project.
2. Analyse and critically-evaluate scientific data using appropriate IT skills.
3. Perform a literature search on a specific topic in neuroscience and write a literature review.
4. Make an oral presentation.
5. Write a scientific report.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lab work
Inquiry and problem based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Neuroscience Research Project (BMOL40060)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Olga Baron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Gerard Cagney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Hilary Cassidy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jeffrey Glennon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Breandán Kennedy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Patricia Maguire Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Hilary McMahon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor John O'Connor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer