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Unit information: Research Training in 2018/19

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Unit name Research Training
Unit code BIOC30002
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

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


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


This unit provides Research Training to prepare students for the Extended Research Project in the final year of the MSci programme. Students will work in groups to solve practical problems such as the expression, purification and characterisation of a particular protein. Work will be supervised by a member of staff and supported by a technical manual.

Students will:

  • Develop independent, team working and problem solving skills
  • Gain advanced practical and technical skills in preparation for their independent research project in Year 4
  • Develop project planning and execution skills
  • Gain important data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Gain skills in recording and presenting scientific data in a variety of different formats

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Undertake advanced practical work in a supervised environment to solve research problems
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of their experimental work and results
  • Work both independently and as part of a team
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data
  • Write up their experimental findings as a research report
  • Undertake self-directed background reading of the primary scientific literature to inform their laboratory write-up
  • Present their findings in the form of a scientific poster

Teaching details

Supervised practical sessions

Assessment Details

For learning (formative)

Staff supervisor will provide formative feedback on their work.

Of learning (summative)

The mark for the unit is determined as follows:

  • Completed lab book (20%): students will submit their completed lab book at the end of the unit for assessment
  • Advanced laboratory report (70%): mark determined as outlined below
  • Poster presentation (10%): teams will present their findings or future directions of their work as a scientific poster communication

Advanced laboratory report: students will write up their laboratory work individually in the form of a brief research paper. The maximum word count is 5,500. If this maximum word count is exceeded, word count penalties will only be applied to the mark awarded for the report. The report is marked independently by two markers. If the two markers are unable to agree a final mark, the Unit Director or nominee will assess the report and the comments of the two markers and decide the final mark.

Reading and References

Reviews and articles from the primary scientific Literature