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Unit information: Practical Project in 2019/20

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Unit name Practical Project
Unit code BIOL30202
Credit points 30
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Cuthill
Open unit status Not open




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


A practical project, selected from a wide choice of biological topics, that provides experience of data handling, interpretation and scientific writing, as well as a broad range of transferable skills. Students will typically carry out the practical research in pairs or larger teams, for health and safety, as well as logistical, reasons but all data interpretation and presentation is done independently.

Intended learning outcomes

On completing this unit, students should be able to:

1. Conduct scientific research and collect data, safely and meticulously, within the specific sub-discipline covered by the project;

2. Carry out a literature search for relevant published work and interpret it critically;

3. Interpret and analyse their own scientific data;

4. Summarise and present their results appropriately;

5. Interpret their findings critically within the context of current published research.

Teaching details

The Practical Project takes 12 weeks, consisting of 9 weeks of 'practical' time followed by 3 weeks for analysis, report preparation etc. Students have access to facilities, supervisor input etc. during the 9 weeks only.

Assessment Details

The unit mark is based on:

•25% continuous assessment mark (assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3);

•75% project report mark (assesses ILOs 2-5).

Reading and References

Depending on the topic, references are chosen from the current primary literature by students.