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BB30163: Final year project B

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 18
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 1
Semester 2
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: In taking this unit you cannot take BB30042 or take BB30051
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:

* To provide an understanding of the principles of advanced laboratory practice with emphasis on the choice of analytical systems and development of research strategies.
* To provide students with experience and skills in planning and researching a contemporary area of scientific investigation in preparation for an extended piece of writing.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Plan, prepare and write an extended scholarly review in an area of biosciences related to their laboratory project and set that topic in the context of what is the leading edge of current science.
* Elucidate defined biological problems by designing appropriate practical experiments.
* Carry out a practical investigation in the topic area of the project or one closely related to it.

Learning & studying (T/F/A), Written communication (T/F/A), Numeracy & computation (T/F/A), Data acquisition, handling & analysis (T/F/A), Laboratory or Fieldwork skills (T/F/A), Information technology (T/F/A), Problem solving (T/F/A), Information handling & retrieval (T/F/A), Interpersonal & teamwork skills (T/F/A), Working independently (T/F/A).

There will be a number of different topic areas for investigation, encompassing the research interests of the Department. The unit will require the students to undertake their own planning and organisation of investigative work into a topic of biological interest. They will then carry out the investigation within the constraints of time and funding available.
The planning stage involves defining the area of investigation. The preparation stage will involve researching the relevant literature. The actual investigation will require time to be spent carrying out the planned investigation. The writing stage will involve organising the material into a coherent and scholarly account.
There will also be a review that allows students to undertake an in-depth study of a topic that is relevant to the Investigative project undertaken. The students will, during the course of completing the review, develop an in depth understanding of the area of bioscience relating to the practical element of the project. The student will put the topic in the context of the wider field of biological study.
A number of transferable skills (process, presentational, management and personal skills), which will be of subsequent use to the student, will be developed.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB30163 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.