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Unit information: Research and Communication Skills in 2018/19

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Unit name Research and Communication Skills
Unit code BIOC30001
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Kelly Moule
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Molecular Cell Biology BIOC20001, Macromolecular Structure, Dynamics and Function BIOC20002, Recombinant DNA Technology MOLG22100 and Gene Expression and Rearrangement MOLG22200

Co-requisites

Advanced Cell Biology BIOC30601 The Dynamic Proteome BIOC30604 Cellular Information BIOC30602 Advanced Options in Biochemistry BIOC30600

School/department School of Biochemistry
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description

This unit aims to develop the research and communication skills of students. Choosing from a range of topics, students will undertake an independent review of the primary scientific literature and will present their work as a written report. This library-based research project will be guided by a member of academic staff. In addition, students will be tested on their ability to understand and critique research papers and analyse and evaluate scientific data.

Students will:

  • Develop independent working skills
  • Be able to critically analyse and synthesize information presented in research publications
  • Gain important data analysis and evaluation skills

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Research a topic using the primary scientific literature
  • Review and critique the scientific data and literature and appraise competing theories
  • Achieve an in-depth knowledge and understanding of their research topic and an ability to keep abreast with recent developments in the field.
  • Work independently on their research project and manage their time
  • Analyse and interpret biochemical data
  • Solve unseen problems
  • Write a scientific report for an expert audience

Teaching details

Supervisor/student meetings

Data analysis workshops

Literature comprehension workshops

Tutorials

Lectures

Assessment Details

For learning (formative)

Project supervisors will give feedback on a draft of the literature review

Students will undertake “mock” Data Handling and Literature Comprehension exercises

Of learning (summative)

Literature Review (40%) Maximum word count is 5,500 for the literature review. The project is marked independently by the project supervisor and a second marker. The mark awarded by the supervisor and the second marker each contributes 50% towards the overall project mark. An explicit marking scheme is used to mark the literature review.

Data Handling exam (35%) 3 hour unseen written examination. Students will analyse and interpret novel biochemical data sets.

Literature Comprehension exam (25%) 3 hour unseen written examination. Students will be expected to read and critically evaluate a short, unseen research paper

Reading and References

Reviews and articles from the primary scientific Literature

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