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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

BIOLM0023 Project Planning



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


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