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SM3901: ARCADIA SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMME (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

This course is only open to international students who are not currently an undergraduate student at the University of Aberdeen.

Entry to the course must be approved by the Study Abroad Team and the Course Coordinator.

  • Summer research projects offer an excellent opportunity to carry out cutting-edge literature or lab-based scientific research
  • With projects from disciplines throughout the School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition this is an opening to follow your interests working with staff and leading researchers
  • Projects foster development of research skills enhancing analytical and critical thinking abilities
  • The opportunity to be part of novel, yet-to-be published research projects can be career-defining and provides experience to prepare you for the future.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Derek Scott

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

This course is only open to international students who are not currently an undergraduate student at the University of Aberdeen.

Entry to the course must be approved by the Study Abroad Team and the Course Coordinator.

A typical project that lasts for six weeks will involve students being present within the laboratory and undertaking research work from approximately 09:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday. Projects are designed so that research objectives can be achieved within this timescale. On occasion, some types of experiment may have slightly different timescales, but the timing of the student’s workday will be adjusted to reflect this. Arcadia students will be supervised at all times by a faculty member, postdoctoral researcher, or member of technical staff.

 

Every Wednesday afternoon, Arcadia students will gather together for small group tuition with faculty members. These Wednesday workshops will cover a range of scientific research skills that should complement the students’ project work. Some will involve practical work within the teaching laboratories to reinforce the concepts being covered in the workshop curricula (e.g. serial dilutions in the laboratory, human data capture and analysis etc).

 

A range of examples from different disciplines within medical sciences will be used during the workshops to cater for the differing interests of the Arcadia students. These workshops will also allow faculty to speak to Arcadia students one-on-one, to discuss their progress and to ensure they have regular pastoral support during their stay in Aberdeen.


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

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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

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 52 Feedback Weeks 3

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Feedback

Feedback on introductory literature review/draft material provided by project supervisor during regular meetings.

Feedback on final report/dissertation provided electronically on submitted document via VLE.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 52 Feedback Weeks 3

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Feedback

Student gives 15 minute presentation with 5 minutes afterwards for questions in front of departmental students and faculty. Formative feedback during rehearsals given by supervisor/lab team.

Completed rubric providing feedback will be returned to students by course coordinator.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Project Continuous Assessment

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 52 Feedback Weeks 3

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Feedback

Regular feedback on project performance, time-keep, record-keeping, professionalism in the laboratory provided by project supervisor. Access to overall rubric for grading continuous assessment throughout project so students understand how they are being assessed. Final grade using rubric returned to students by course coordinator upon completion of project.

Feedback provided weekly during workshops in relation to skills being studied.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of project/dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 5 Feedback Weeks 7

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Feedback Feedback on final report/dissertation provided electronically on submitted document via VLE.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo develop and enhance scientific research skills, professional behaviours and employability
ProceduralApplyTo increase confidence and competence in scientific numeric and practical skills, including data analysis and presentation.
ReflectionEvaluateTo develop time management, planning and communication skills so that students may deliver research outcomes in an efficient, timely and ethical manner.
ConceptualAnalyseTo develop and enhance scientific research skills, professional behaviours and employability
ProceduralApplyTo increase confidence and competence in scientific numeric and practical skills, including data analysis and presentation.
ReflectionEvaluateTo develop time management, planning and communication skills so that students may deliver research outcomes in an efficient, timely and ethical manner.

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