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BB50142: Lab project 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 27
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB50142 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.