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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this course cultivates literature research skills, building confidence in team-working and communication through scientific writing and seminar presentation;
  • it encourages student-led learning and organisation in researching a topic on human health or disease of your own choice, with tutors providing guidance;
  • you will learn to use online and library resources to search for information from primary research articles and relay that information in the form of a written report and a Powerpoint presentation to peers and academic tutors;
  • these are all fundamental skills for scientific researchers, but are also transferrable talents for many other career pathways

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Derryck Shewan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

  • One of BI1507 The Cell (Passed) or SF1503 The Cell (Foundation) (Passed) or SM1501 The Cell (Passed)
  • One of Anatomy (AN) (Studied) or Biochemistry (BC) (Studied) or Biotechnology (BT) (Studied) or Developmental Biology (DB) (Studied) or Genetics (GN) (Studied) or Health Sciences (HE) (Studied) or Immunology (IM) (Studied) or Molecular Biology (MB) (Studied) or Microbiology (MC) (Studied) or Pharmacology (PA) (Studied) or Physiology (PY) (Studied) or Sports Science (SR) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI2506 Research Skills for Life Sciences (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course focuses on enhancing core research skills for the study of the medical sciences. It is a requirement for all students with degree intentions in the School of Medical Sciences. The course develops the essential skills that are needed to undertake a research project. Its aim is to instil an active student-driven approach to learning based on curiosity and exploration of knowledge as opposed to passive acquisition. Students work in groups of 6 and will research a particular topic related to the general theme of 'Health and Disease'. Students learn to critically analyse published work, evaluate sources of information, basic presentation skills.

Further Information & Notes

All students in the School of Medical Sciences are required to take this course, which develops and enhances the research skills for further study of all disciplines within the School.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%); comprising:

An individual report (submitted under exam conditions) (40%) A group presentation (40%) A graded tutorial (15%) Student group peer-assessment (5%)

Students who do not contribute to the group effort have to do a project on their own, which they present to staff (40%) they receive a tutor mark (15%) and do an individual report (submitted under exam conditions)(40%). They forfeit the (5%) peer assessment.

Formative Assessment

Students receive regular feedback from tutors on their progress with both the oral presentation and the report.


Comprehensive feedback on both presentation and report are provided.

Course Learning Outcomes


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