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MB5029: MSC IMS RESEARCH PROJECT (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

The research project is the climax of the MSc programme and involves working on an independent research project for 12 weeks prior to completion of a write up in the style of an article for publication. It involves utilisation of much of the skills developed throughout the previous 2 semesters, and is selected based on student interests and preferences from a list of options.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Soumya Palliyil

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MSc Clinical Pharmacology or MSc Drug Discovery and Development or Master Of Science In Molecular Medicine or Master Of Science In Immunology And Immunotherapy or Master Of Science In Biotechnology, Bioinformatics And Bio-Business or Master Of Science In Reproductive And Developmental Biology or Master Of Science In Cardiovascular Science & Diabetes or MSc Microbiology
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The research project is conducted under the supervision of a research active member of the teaching team in either a laboratory, clinical or library setting. It aims to develop a high level of investigative understanding amongst students providing an opportunity to put much of the learning and teaching experienced through the programme to use. Topics vary depending upon project offerings, with a wide variety of interests represented.

 

Students are assessed across a variety of different styles with an opportunity to present work orally, and in written formats.

Research projects are selected from a list of topics relevant to your degree programme, which have been submitted by potential supervisors. Project titles, together with background information and key references, will be available to you at the beginning of the second half-session. You should read the information on each project carefully, select the topics of most interest to you and make arrangements directly with supervisors to discuss their projects. Each student will then be allocated to a research project shortly thereafter.

 

Students with particular research opportunities should approach supervisors early in the academic year and have the opportunity to submit a co-written research project.

 

The actual time spent on the research project will be about 16 weeks, which includes time to write the final report article.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 52 Feedback Weeks 52

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Feedback

Symposium style presentation (10 min plus 5 min questions)

 

Grade awarded plus written feedback provided by assessors

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate detailed background knowledge relevant to the research project
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a clear understanding of the hypothesis and aims of the research project.
ProceduralAnalyseAccurately analyse and interpret research findings, with respect to the stated aims.
ProceduralApplyIdentify specific research objectives to address the stated aims of the project.
ProceduralEvaluatePlace results in the context of wider literature, identifying your contribution towards the advancement of knowledge, and proposing future lines of research.

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 5
Assessment Weeks 45 Feedback Weeks 46

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Feedback

Flash presentation on project progress to date and what is left to be completed.

Assessors will provide a grade and written comments.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate detailed background knowledge relevant to the research project
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a clear understanding of the hypothesis and aims of the research project.
ProceduralAnalyseAccurately analyse and interpret research findings, with respect to the stated aims.
ProceduralApplyIdentify specific research objectives to address the stated aims of the project.

Supervisor assessment of project performance

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks 51 Feedback Weeks 52

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Feedback

Grade awarded and feedback available from rubric

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate detailed background knowledge relevant to the research project
ProceduralAnalyseAccurately analyse and interpret research findings, with respect to the stated aims.

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 51 Feedback Weeks 52

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Feedback

In the style of an article for publication

 

Grade and written feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate detailed background knowledge relevant to the research project
ProceduralAnalyseAccurately analyse and interpret research findings, with respect to the stated aims.
ProceduralApplyIdentify specific research objectives to address the stated aims of the project.
ProceduralEvaluatePlace results in the context of wider literature, identifying your contribution towards the advancement of knowledge, and proposing future lines of research.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate detailed background knowledge relevant to the research project
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a clear understanding of the hypothesis and aims of the research project.
ProceduralApplyIdentify specific research objectives to address the stated aims of the project.
ProceduralAnalyseDesign and conduct appropriate approaches to address the stated aims, with appropriate controls. These “approaches” may be laboratory experiments, literature research strategies or database analyses.
ProceduralAnalyseAccurately analyse and interpret research findings, with respect to the stated aims.
ProceduralEvaluatePlace results in the context of wider literature, identifying your contribution towards the advancement of knowledge, and proposing future lines of research.
ProceduralApplyImprove skills in oral presentation of research
ProceduralApplyImprove skills in scientific writing

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