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Unit information: Research Project in 2018/19

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Unit name Research Project
Unit code SOCSM0016
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Holmes
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


During this Unit students will conduct a research-based project on a topic related to the field of cardiovascular medicine and perfusion science. The students can choose if they wish to do a laboratory based ‘wet’ research project or a ‘dry’ literature, research proposal or data analysis project. This unit aims to teach students to design and conduct good quality research in the field of cardiovascular medicine and perfusion science. Candidates will be able to select a project topic offered from a range of potential projects. This unit aims to introduce the student to research methods and presentation and topics will range from practical laboratory based projects to critical literature reviews.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Undertake a literature search in their field of study within the areas of cardiovascular disease and perfusion science
  • Design and undertaking a research project (either ‘dry’ literature based or ‘wet’ laboratory based).
  • Critically analyse research data and present findings.

Teaching details

  • Self-directed study
  • Discussion with project supervisor
  • Laboratory experiments in the case of experimental research projects

Assessment Details

  • Short review essay contributing 10% to the unit mark (3000 words)
  • Critical literature review or laboratory based or dry project contributing 70% to the unit mark (7000 words)
  • Oral presentation/viva session contributing 20% to the unit mark

Reading and References

References related to the specific topic will be suggested by the supervisor once the projects have been allocated