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XX50230: Research project

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 60%, OR 20%, OT 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (CW 60%)
  • Oral exam on dissertation (OR 20%)
  • Laboratory performance (OT 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Not applicable
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To provide students with experience and skills in planning and undertaking an in-depth, full-time practical research project in drug discovery science. To provide students with experience and skills in analysing and interpreting findings and reporting the outcomes of such investigations.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit, students should be able to:
* demonstrate advanced experimental techniques appropriate to the chosen project, including independent use of sophisticated instrumentation appropriate to the research field
* work with minimal supervision and guidance
* work safely in a laboratory in a manner commensurate with current legislation
* record experimental observations and data in an efficient manner
* demonstrate the ability to conduct and develop an experimental programme.
* critically analyse and evaluate experimental results in the context of other researchers' work
* prepare an extended scientific report commensurate with a chosen journal style, with the potential for publication
* discuss and defend the conclusions drawn from the study in an oral examination

Research Methods (T, F, A),Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F)

A research topic will be selected in conjunction with a supervising member of staff and a program of experimental work planned. The content will be project specific, but will entail advanced experimental methodology in either medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, or medicines design.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX50230 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology