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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB50142: Lab project 1

Click here for further information Credits: 27
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To provide students with skills in planning and undertaking a scientific investigation, analysing and interpreting findings and reporting the outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* design, execute, analyse and communicate a programme of research in a safe and effective way;
* understand the intellectual, time- and resource-management and technical requirements for productive, rigorous and responsible scientific investigation and reporting;
* demonstrate experience of scientific writing at the level of a primary research paper;
* have acquired technical, analytical, interpretative and literature-accessing skills appropriate to the undertaking and presentation of the project.

Generic and specific skills training, as described by Research Councils UK for postgraduate research students, will be provided to support the project. This will include sessions on safety and COSHH, radiological protection and practical radioisotope sessions, introduction to and searching bibliographic databases, oral presentations, time planning, project management, introduction to facilities in the bio-imaging suite, poster preparation, production, assessment, IT training, managing long documents, career guidance, and the nature, exploitation and commercialisation of intellectual property.
Research skills will also be acquired by attendance at research talks by visiting researchers, at research seminars by departmental postgraduate research students, by the development of collaborative research proposals and by such other activities as may be specified by the Director of Studies.

All stages of the research project are undertaken under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The planning stage involves defining the problem or hypothesis and devising an appropriate strategy to investigate it within constraints of time and resources. The investigation stage involves the acquisition of appropriate data with sufficient replication and controls. The analysis and interpretation stage involves the use of appropriate statistical techniques and the evaluation of results in relation to published work. The final phase is to communicate the outcome of the project in the form of a written report and a public poster presentation.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB50142 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM07 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Biosciences Route) (Full-time)
  • RSBB-AFM14 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Developmental Biology Route) (Full-time)
  • RSBB-AFM15 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Evolutionary Biology Route) (Full-time)
  • RSBB-AFM16 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Molecular Microbiology Route) (Full-time)
  • RSBB-AFM17 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Molecular Plant Sciences Route) (Full-time)
  • RSBB-AFM19 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Protein Structure & Function Route) (Full-time)
  • RSBB-AFM08 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Regenerative Medicine Route) (Full-time)
  • TSBB-AFM03 : MRes Biosciences (Full-time)
  • TSBB-AFM14 : MRes Developmental Biology (Full-time)
  • TSBB-AFM15 : MRes Evolutionary Biology (Full-time)
  • TSBB-AFM16 : MRes Molecular Microbiology (Full-time)
  • TSBB-AFM17 : MRes Molecular Plant Sciences (Full-time)
  • TSBB-AFM19 : MRes Protein Structure and Function (Full-time)
  • TXXX-AFM10 : MRes Regenerative Medicine (Full-time)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.