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Unit information: SWBio DTP: Rotation project 2 in 2017/18

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Unit name SWBio DTP: Rotation project 2
Unit code BIOCM0020
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Hodge
Open unit status Not open



SWBio DTP: Statistics and Bioinformatics, SWBio DTP: Science in Society, SWBio DTP: Rotation Project 1, SWBio DTP: Core Skills for Life Scientists.

School/department School of Biochemistry
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The overall aim of this unit will be to enable students to gain further experience of laboratory research at a postgraduate level, under the supervision of a different member of staff to project 1. This will be in the form of an individual research project based in a group, subject area or method relating to the intended PhD subject area. The research will be guided by the supervisor with regular meetings with the student to set goals and to show how research is managed.

Intended learning outcomes

To be able to:

  • Select the most appropriate methods to solve research challenges.
  • Develop skills in finding relevant literature and to gain an understanding of the methods involved in the project.
  • Design appropriate experiments and include appropriate controls.
  • Collect and appropriately present data.
  • Critically analyse the data.
  • Communicate these findings in the form of a scientific research paper.

Teaching details

Research in a laboratory environment plus associated reviews of literature, one to one meetings with supervisors to discuss data analysis etc.

Assessment Details

There will be two assessment components: (1) to demonstrate the planning and execution of scientific research by continuous assessment (30%), and (2) to demonstrate the planning and executing scientific research, and of critically evaluating data and communicating findings by writing a project report (70%).

Reading and References

As appropriate to the rotation project.