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Unit information: Plant Sciences Project Execution in 2018/19

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Unit name Plant Sciences Project Execution
Unit code BIOLM0025
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Memmott
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

BIOLM0023 Project Planning

Co-requisites

N/A

School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description

Students conduct the research project in biology that they planned in detail for the Project Planning unit, working closely within a research group, and putting into practice many of the transferable skills learned in the Professional Development unit. They may undertake the project as a placement outside the School of Biological Sciences, in which case they will work with two supervisors: one outside the School and one academic within the school. Students collect data, conduct analysis, present the results for discussion, and learn to be part of a research group. The unit starts in week 1 with project allocation and a meeting with their project supervisor. There is a four week pilot project stage in weeks 8-12 but the vast bulk of the research is done in TB2, thus enabling the Project Planning and Professional Development units to inform the Project Execution Unit in a timely manner.

Intended learning outcomes

On completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent scientific research and 
collect valid data;
  2. Interpret and analyse scientific data;
  3. Summarise and present results appropriately;
  4. Interpret their findings within the context of current published research.

Teaching details

Mostly independent research. Individual consultations with supervisors. Students learn from each other from being part of a research group.

Assessment Details

Continuous assessment of performance (25% - tests ILOs 1 and 2)

6000-word dissertation, written in the style of a scientific paper for a chosen target journal (70% - 40% of this mark from project supervisor and 30% of this mark from second marker - tests ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Flash-talk (2.5% - tests ILOs 2 and 3)

Poster to present a general overview of findings (2.5% - tests ILOs 2 and 3)

Reading and References

Reading is specific to each individual research project

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