|Delivery length / details
|6 x 1 Hour Lectures
|5 x 2 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Critique of peer reviewed papers.
|Magazine article based on a recent paper.
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|1.5 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
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.
|Application of Number
|Data Interitation is part of the first assignment and data presentation is required as part of the second.
|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.
|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.
|This skill is a key component of the critique of scientific paper assignment.
|The entire premise of this module is to develop the students' research skills.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Not a significant part of the module, except in the workshop or seminar session.
This module is at CQFW Level 5