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BB50143: Critical research analysis skills

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: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Literature Review 1 (25%) (CW 25%)
  • Literature Review 2 (25%) (CW 25%)
  • Critical Analysis (x5) (25%) (CW 25%)
  • Research Proposal (25%) (CW 25%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB50143 is Compulsory 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.