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Unit information: Biomedical Sciences Research Skills in 2019/20

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Unit name Biomedical Sciences Research Skills
Unit code MVSF30001
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Carazo Salas
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

N/A

Co-requisites

4 x 20cp level 6/H lecture units offered by the schools of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience.

School/department Life Sciences Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description

Students will carry out a laboratory, literature, computer-based or school-based education research project in an area of current interest in biomedical sciences. The Introduction to the project dissertations will require a review of the relevant primary scientific literature. Students will be able to evaluate and discuss the key research papers underlying their project. Students doing laboratory projects will learn experimental skills and to disseminate their results in a written dissertation, an oral presentation. All students will learn to assess the scientific literature and will evaluate whether appropriate conclusions have been drawn. The literature interpretation exam will assess the students' ability to read and interpret data, figures and tables presented in the biomedical sciences literature.

The unit aims to allow students to develop the skills necessary to carry out a research project in the field of biomedical sciences. They will read, analyse and interpret scientific data presented in the literature.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of a specific area of modern biomedical sciences, including understanding of the scientific literature pertaining to the project and an ability to evaluate this literature critically.

Knowledge and understanding of design, execution and analysis of research projects.

The ability to reason; analyse and interpret data; identify and solve problems; exercise independence of mind; form and defend scientific judgements.

Transferable skills including the ability to communicate in writing and orally; be self-reliant and organise time effectively; work as a group member where appropriate; take appropriate decisions when needed; an appropriate level of numeracy and IT skill; plan, execute and interpret the results of experimental work; and manage a research project.

Teaching details

Laboratory project or literature- or bioinformatics computer-based project work.

Specific instruction on data and literature interpretation will be given within the co-requisite level H/6 units.

Students will be given the opportunity to gain formative feedback on their performance on practice questions.

Assessment Details

There will be two assessed components:

1) Project (counting 75% of the unit mark)

2) Literature interpretation exam (counting 25% of the unit mark)

Project

All students will present a 10-minute project talk, with 5 minutes for questions, which will be summatively assessed (counting 10% towards the final project mark), with formative feedback.

Laboratory or literature project

- a dissertation of 8,000 words, to include a 3,000-word introduction

Or

Laboratory research plus short literature project

- laboratory research project with a 5,000-word dissertation, plus a short literature project with a 3,000-word dissertation.

Or

University Ambassadorial Scheme (teaching project)

- a dissertation of 8,000 words, to include a 3,000-word introduction

Formative feedback will be provided on drafts of the Introduction and Results or Analysis Sections.


The Level 6/h Project is marked by the Supervisor and another Assessor:

Laboratory-based projects

Initiative and Industry 5% (supervisor mark)
Technical Ability 5% (supervisor mark)
Abstract 5%
Introduction 30%
Materials and Methods 5%
Results 15%
Discussion 15%
Presentation of the Dissertation 10%
Project Talk 10%


Literature Projects

Initiative and Industry 5% (supervisor mark)
Originality/ Independence of Approach 5% (supervisor mark)
Abstract 5%
Introduction 15%
Scope 15%
Detail 15%
Conclusions/ Analysis 20%
Presentation of the Dissertation 10%
Project Talk 10%


Laboratory research plus short literature project

Laboratory Research
Initiative and Industry 2.5% (supervisor mark)
Technical Ability 2.5% (supervisor mark)
Abstract 5%
Introduction 10%
Materials and Methods 5%
Results 15%
Discussion 15%
Presentation of the Dissertation 5%
Literature project
Initiative and Industry 2.5% (supervisor mark)
Originality/ Independence of Approach 2.5% (supervisor mark)
Abstract 2.5%
Introduction 5%
Research and Understanding 7.5%
Critical Ability 5%
Presentation of the Dissertation 5%
Project Talk 10%

University Ambassadorial Scheme (teaching projects)

Initiative 5% (supervisor mark)
Technical Ability 5% (supervisor mark)
Teaching and Ambassadorial skills (description, evaluation and reflection on teaching and ambassadorial activities) 20%
Abstract 5%
Introduction 20%
Materials and Methods 5%
Results 15%
Discussion 10%
Presentation of the Dissertation 5%
Project Talk 10%

Literature interpretation exam

Summative 2.5 hour written literature interpretation exam, students will answer one question from a selection on the exam paper.

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature relevant to the project.

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