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Unit information: Unit 3 - Advanced Research Skills in 2015/16

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Unit name Unit 3 - Advanced Research Skills
Unit code PHPHM0008
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Howarth
Open unit status Not open

Unit 1  Foundations of Neuroscience and Unit 2 Concepts and Techniques for In Vivo Research (MRes Systems Neuroscience)



School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


In this unit the following topics are taught:

How to write a systematic literature review

How to make a scientific poster

How to present a scientific poster

Public understanding of science

The students will develop their skills in the above by:

Writing an extensive literature review on the subject of their subsequent research project

Making and presenting a poster based on their literature review

Writing a lay summary of the background to their proposed research project

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be trained to:

1. Write a concise, systematic and critical literature review.

2. Discuss omissions and weaknesses in the state of knowledge of the reviewed field.

3. Specify hypotheses and experimental approaches for their research project.

4. Present the conclusions of the literature review in the form of a scientific poster.

5. Communicate their understanding and knowledge of the reviewed subject in a form suitable for a lay audience.

Teaching details

Seminars and workshops

Assessment Details

2 Coursework assessments

1 Poster presentation

Reading and References

Nisbet & Mooney (2007) 'Framing Science', Science Vol. 316 no. 5821 p. 56