Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4201 Experimental Research Project

(BL4201 online module handbook version 22)

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This project will involve extensive laboratory or field research to investigate a defined problem within biology, appropriate to the degree programme being studied by each student. The project will involve diligence, initiative and independence in pursuing the literature, good experimental design, good experimental and/or analytical technique either in the field or the laboratory, and excellent record keeping. The project will culminate in the production of a high-quality report that demonstrates a deep understanding of the chosen area of research. Students will be allocated to a member of staff within the School of Biology who will guide and advise them in research activities throughout the academic year.*

Credits: 60*

Semester: 3

Module Organiser
Prof Susan Healy
sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 462065
Pre-requisite Modules:
Permission of biology honours adviser required*
Anti-requisite Modules:
You cannot take this module if you take BL4200 or take PN4299*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4201: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-10-2018
13:00 to 14:00
Bute Building
LTA
Prof Susan Healy

Lecture L1: Introduction to HS Projects
2018-9_BL4201_L1
Monday
01-10-2018
14:00 to 15:00
Bute Building
LTA
Prof Susan Healy

Lecture L2: Introduction to writing a Literature Review
2018-9_BL4201_L2

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
18-10-2018
16:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
LTA
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L3: Good experimental design
2018-9_BL4201_L3

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
09-11-2018
12:00 to 13:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr V Anne Smith

Workshop W1: Self-editing workshop
2018-9_BL4201_W1
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4201: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Viva
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
10%
Assessment:
Lit review File
Due by:
21/01/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
11/02/2019 12:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Lit review Agreed Mark
Due by:
08/02/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
01/03/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
10%
Assessment:
Lit Review Sup Mark
Due by:
08/02/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
01/03/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Lit review Second Marker
Due by:
08/02/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
01/03/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Project report File
Due by:
15/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
06/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Bound project report
Due by:
17/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
08/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Notebook hand in
Due by:
17/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
08/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Project report Agreed
Due by:
22/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
13/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
70%
Assessment:
Project report second marker
Due by:
22/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
13/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Project report sup
Due by:
22/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
13/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Research Performance
Due by:
22/04/2019 12:00
Feedback due by:
13/05/2019 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
10%

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2018 23:20:12.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4201: Contributing Staff

Prof Susan Healy

Prof Susan Healy
(Module Organiser)

Professorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Susan HealyProf Susan Healy
(Module Organiser)
Professorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Graeme RuxtonProf Graeme RuxtonProfessorgr41@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr V Anne SmithDr V Anne SmithSenior Lecturervas1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4201: Learning Outcomes

No details are currently available for Learning Outcomes

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4201: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Image analysis

Transferable Skills

  • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
  • Project report
  • Research proposal
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Ethical considerations
  • Data analysis (depending on project)
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Designing experiments
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)