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Unit information: Genomic Medicine Research Project in 2016/17

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Unit name Genomic Medicine Research Project
Unit code SSCM30010
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Timpson
Open unit status Not open

This is part of an intercalated BSc for Medical, Veterinary or Dental students



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The research project component of the intercalated BSc in Genomic Medicine. A research project based in one of the world-leading human applied genetic epidemiology centres at Bristol, an analytic review of the human genomics literature, or an analysis of your own genome-wide genetic risk profile.

Intended learning outcomes

After this component of the course, students will be able to:

1) conduct supervised research in an area of genomic medicine

2) critically evaluate the literature surrounding a research area and describe how their research fits

3) write a research report in the style of a scientific article

4) present their research to an academic audience

discuss the research and its place in the scientific literature with a scientific audience

Teaching details

Methods of Teaching

This unit will be delivered in the form of workshops and supervisions led by researchers in the area of the research project.

Contact Hours Per Week NA

Student Input 400 hours of research

Assessment Details

Assessment Details

This research project will be assessed in three ways. First, there will be a mid term report which will assess the overall progress and project development skills of the student. This will account for up to 5% of the overall project mark. Second, in a manner dependent on the nature of the research being undertaken, a supervisory led assessment of competence will be undertaken accounting for 10% of the overall mark of this 40 credit unit. Lastly, the remaining 85% of the research project marks will be made up by the assessment of the research dissertation which will be limited to a 10,000 word thesis based on the research projects and marked in a manner aligned to usual university practice. This dissertation will be assessed by an independent marker and all candidates will face a short defence. Overall, the research project will form 33% of the total course marks.

Methods of assessment: written 75%; coursework 15%; practical 10%

Reading and References

Varies depending on the project.