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Course Overview

  • development of skills in time-management; 
  • development of expertise in experimental design and execution;
  • acquisition of   technical skills and the capacity to follow written instructions;
  • acquisition of skills in data analysis and interpretation; 
  • maintaining a laboratory notebook;
  • ability to write a concise thesis;
  • ability to present the major findings of the project to a general audience

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Barrow

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to enable students to develop practical research expertise by undertaking an independent research project. This can take the form of a laboratory research project, a literature research project, or a bioinformatics-type project. Students will enhance their presentation skills by presenting data produced during the project, and writing a thesis. Main Learning Outcomes: This course will enhance subject-specific knowledge of students, and analytical and presentation skills. In addition, students undertaking a laboratory-based project will enhance their practical skills. Students undertaking a literature-based or bioinformatics project will enhance their data processing skills. Content: This course is an independent 10-week research project.

Further Information & Notes

Projects vary hugely in the number of hours spent carrying out your research, but an approximate expectation would be 20-30 hours per week.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment consisting of laboratory work (25%); 5000 word Honours Thesis (50%) and Thesis Defence (25%). Resit: Resubmission of thesis.

Formative Assessment

Discussion of thesis structure with tutor and project supervisor. Practice oral presentations.



Course Learning Outcomes


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