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BB30227: Biomedical sciences dissertation

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 18 [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 360
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • BMS Dissertation (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
BB30227 BMS Re-submission of Dissertation (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take BB30228 OR take HL30502 OR take BB30042
Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Plan and undertake research of primary and secondary literature at a substantial and advanced level
* Critically interpret and evaluate the literature with the aim of addressing a specific overarching hypothesis
* Coherently report the outcome of this work according to professional scientific writing conventions and standards
* Support and defend the work in a viva voce examination.

Aims: To develop skills in planning, undertaking, and hypothesis-driven evaluation of literature in the biomedical sciences at the level of advanced research. To develop professional skills in the effective presentation and communication of scientific knowledge.

Skills: Knowledge and understanding F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication F/A, Numeracy F/A, Data acquisition, handling, and analysis T/F/A, Information technology F/A, Problem solving F/A, Working independently F/A.

Content: All stages are undertaken under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The planning stage involves defining the problem, formulating hypotheses, devising an appropriate strategy to test them within constraints of time and resources, and locating sources of reliable information. The investigation stage involves the acquisition and evaluation of information from the scientific literature. The analysis and interpretation stage involves the assessment of how the information gathered relates to the original problem, and may sometimes make use of appropriate statistical techniques. It will always evaluate results in relation to published work. The social and policy implications of the research may also be considered. The final phase is to communicate the outcome of the project in the form of a coherently written report that puts forward and justifies a thesis and meets the professional standards of scientific written communication.

Programme availability:

BB30227 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)


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