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DB4501: DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY HONOURS PROJECT (2017-2018)

Last modified: 04 May 2017 12:24


Course Overview

  • the project offers a wonderful opportunity to carry out cutting-edge literature or laboratory-based scientific research;
  • with around 150 projects to choose from, this is a fantastic opening to follow your interests working with academic staff and leading scientific researchers;
  • the project forms the zenith of your degree and fosters further development of the scientific skills and knowledge you have gained and heightens analytical and critical thinking abilities;
  • the opportunity to be part of novel, yet-to-be published research projects can be career-defining, and provides the ideal experience to prepare you for postgraduate study and other future careers

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Derryck Shewan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

A 10-week research project is undertaken alone or in pairs in which the student learns laboratory or literature research techniques. Each student is assigned to a research team usually on the Foresterhill site, but occasionally projects may be offered by associated teams outwith the University, for example at The Robert Gordon University. Each student independently submits the outcome of the project as a thesis in the format of a scientific paper. An oral account of the project is presented to SMS staff and fellow students. Students gain extensive experience of literature research procedures, data acquisition and analysis, and critical thinking. Students are assessed on both their performance throughout the whole project and the quality of the written thesis.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Human Embryology & Dev'l Biology
  • BSc in Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Interc'g)
  • Bsc In Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Biobusiness
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment of day-to-day performance throughout project duration (25%); Supervisor assessment of project report of up to 7500 words (laboratory project) or 10,000 words (literature project) (25%); Independent second marker's assessment of project report (50%).

Resit: Continuous assessment of day-to-day performance throughout project duration (25%), supervisor assessment of project report of up to 5000 words (25%) and independent second marker's assessment of project report (50%).

Formative Assessment

Practice oral presentation of research data. Practice scientific writing.

Feedback

Tutorial sessions provide feedback on research and/or practical/technical abilities. Feedback on draft thesis provides tuition in scientific writing.

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