|Assessment length / details
|Dissertation. 8500 Words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Efficiently undertake an in-depth literature review.
2. Plan and perform experiments using appropriate research methods.
3. Work to a planned timetable.
4. Evaluate and present results effectively; summarise and discuss the results in the context of the chosen subject area.
5. Produce a learned report of the investigation in the form of a research article in the style of a relevant journal.
The dissertation will normally be experimental in nature, investigating a subject of the student's choice and subject to a supervisor's approval. The normal guidelines/regulations on M.Sc. Dissertation as outlined in the University Calendar will stand.
To provide the students with the opportunity for an in-depth investigation of an appropriate topic. It is intended that the skills and discipline required to write a scholarly paper on a specified subject will be developed to an advanced level. The module will provide the opportunity to specialise in a particular aspect of the discipline.
It will achieve this by considering the following areas:
- 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 (submitted and marked as an assignment in BRM6420 Research Methods in the Biosciences).
- A period of approximately 3 months experimental work/data gathering under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor
- Writing up and submission of a research article in the style of a relevant journal, in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor
|Application of Number
|Collation, manipulation and analysis of data may be an integral part of the research conducted and the thesis presented.
|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.
|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.
|Students are required to design and implement an investigational protocol in order to address a specific research question
|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
|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.
This module is at CQFW Level 7