- Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||6 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Seminar||5 x 2 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Critique of peer reviewed papers.||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Magazine article based on a recent paper.||10%|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify the factors that enables a question to be addressed by the scientific method.
2. Critically review the effectiveness of a range of research methods.
3. Compare the use of a range of different methods for presenting scientific data.
4. Critically review a number of peer reviewed papers.
5. Translate a scientific paper for a general audience.
The scientific process of identifying interesting, answerable questions and how to design research projects to address them and finally communicate these ideas effectively to a range of audiences is challenging. This module is designed to cover this ground, by using various ongoing research projects at the Gogerddan campus as worked examples.
The content will include: the production of answerable research questions in biology, writing research proposals, design and management research projects, presentation and interpretation of results, writing and 'decoding' scientific papers for a general audience.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Data Interitation is part of the first assignment and data presentation is required as part of the second.|
|Communication||Although the second assignment is focused on presenting science to a general audience.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||The module utilizes a greater proportion of seminars and workshops and fewer lectures than the standard IBERS module, and informal feedback on these will be provide.|
|Information Technology||Not a significant part of the module, except in data handling.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Effective research skills are important element required for many jobs in the biological sciences.|
|Problem solving||This skill is a key component of the critique of scientific paper assignment.|
|Research skills||The entire premise of this module is to develop the students' research skills.|
|Subject Specific Skills|
|Team work||Not a significant part of the module, except in the workshop or seminar session.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5