Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM6060
Module Title
MRes Dissertation (A)
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Co-Requisite
External Examiners
  • Professor Richard J Murphy (Professor - University of Surrey)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Write a research proposal.

2. Undertake an in-depth literature review.

3. Carry out their research proposal competently and efficiently.

4. Present results obtained and evaluate them using an appropriate statistical analysis; discuss in depth their chosen subject area.

5. Work to a planned timetable.

6. Produce a learned report of the investigation in the form of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines.

Brief description

This module allows students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research under the supervision of an experienced researcher. After an introductory lecture, staff contact is maintained by means of individual one-to-one tutorials (supervisory meetings). The ultimate aspiration is for the student to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in the biosciences.

Content

Introductory session detailing the requirements of a dissertation
- Tutorials to give guidance and arrange appropriate dissertation research work, culminating in the production of a research proposal
- A period of approximately 6 months experimental work/data gathering under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor
- Writing up and submission of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Collation, manipulation and analysis of data may be an integral part of the research conducted and the thesis presented.
Communication Students will be expected to develop advanced communication skills, in particular written communication, through the presentation of a research thesis in an appropriate academic style and in accordance with University guidelines.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students need to demonstrate good organizational skills in order to carry out their research work and ultimately produce a thesis in a timely and effective manner.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and where appropriate use software statistical packages to analysis their results.
Personal Development and Career planning It is intended that the techniques and skills developed during this module will have a direct application to student's future careers. Vocational skills, both within their subject specialism and more general transferable skills, will be developed to a high level.
Problem solving Students are required to design and implement an investigational protocol in order to address a specific research question.
Research skills Students are required to critically evaluate previous research work during the production of a Literature review and then collect, analyse and interpret their own research data.
Subject Specific Skills In depth technical knowledge of the dissertation subject area.
Team work Students may have the opportunity for developing their team skills if their dissertation work requires them to work within a research team. However the emphasis in this module is on independent research.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7