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XX50226: Preparation for research project

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Literature review 1 (CW 20%)
  • Literature review 2 (CW 35%)
  • Research Proposal (CW 15%)
  • Critical Analysis (CW 20%)
  • Statistics MCQ (CW 10%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Description: Aims:
To provide students with the core skills necessary for preparing and carrying out a research project in drug discovery science. To allow students to develop their ability to communicate scientific data in both written and oral form.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying this unit, students should be able to:
* Plan, prepare, and write extended literature reviews, making use of appropriate databases (e.g. SciFinder, Web of Knowledge)
* Critique research papers in drug discovery science
* Present research work in both written and oral formats and place a research project in the context of other researchers' work
* Calculate basic statistical distributions and summarise data using statistical analysis
* Construct a research proposal that will the starting point for their Masters research project

Research Methods (T, F, A), Information handling & retrieval (T, F, A), Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F), Oral communication (F)

The student will write two literature reviews on topics selected in conjunction with a supervising member of staff, drawing on a range of sources. The second literature survey will form the background for the Masters research project. The student will be able to prepare a short research proposal as the starting point for the Masters Research Project, including objectives, materials and methods and techniques. The student will carry out a critical analysis of 2 research papers and will present a concise summary of 1 in an oral presentation. Students will be able to perform basic descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using statistical software.

Programme availability:

XX50226 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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