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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB50143: Critical research analysis skills

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Academic Year
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 the experience and skills for researching, writing about, and developing a research proposal in contemporary areas of scientific investigation relevant to the discipline (as stated in the award title).

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Plan, prepare and write extended literature reviews at the leading edge of research in the relevant discipline;
* Critique a research paper;
* Write critical analyses of verbal presentations in the relevant discipline;
* Complete a research proposal suitable for a 4-year PhD programme in the relevant discipline.

Investigation of the contemporary literature.
Extended essay writing.
Critical appraisal of published papers and of presentations.
Writing a research proposal.

The minimum requirement to achieve the credits for this module is that a student will be able to (i) write two scholarly literature reviews on key topics in the relevant discipline drawing on a diverse range of sources, (ii) attend tutorials to discuss the topics, (iii) provide a verbal critique of a published paper, (iv) attend five presentations by researchers in the relevant discipline and write a critical analysis of each talk, and (v) prepare a research proposal by developing a novel research idea and converting it into an outline of a research proposal suitable for a 4-year PhD programme. It will include objectives, materials and methods and techniques. There may be a requirement to present at least one of the topics to the group as a research seminar.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB50143 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.