Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4201 Experimental Research Project

(BL4201 online module handbook version 17)

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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 Oscar Gaggiotti
oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463513
Pre-requisite Modules:
PERMISSION OF BIOLOGY HONOURS ADVISER REQUIRED*
Anti-requisite Modules:
IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE BL4200 OR TAKE PN4299*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

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 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
29-09-2017
14:00 to 15:00
Bute Building
LTA
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L1: Introduction to HS Projects
2017-8_BL4201_L1
Friday
29-09-2017
15:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
LTA
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L2: Good experimental design
2017-8_BL4201_L2

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
17-10-2017
14:00 to 15:00
Bute Building
LTA
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L3: Introduction to writing a Literature Review
2017-8_BL4201_L3

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
09-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr V Anne Smith

Workshop W1: Self-editing workshop
2017-8_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: Reading List

Click for BL4201 reading list

BL4201: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Lit review File
Due by:
22/01/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
12/02/2018 12:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Project report - file
Due by:
16/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
07/05/2018 12:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Bound project report
Due by:
18/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
09/05/2018 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Notebook hand in
Due by:
18/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
09/05/2018 12:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%

(MMS assessment data cached: 22 October 2017 22:20:09.)


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 Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@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:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4201: Contributing Staff

Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Prof Oscar Gaggiotti
(Module Organiser)

MASTS Professoroeg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Oscar GaggiottiProf Oscar Gaggiotti
(Module Organiser)
MASTS Professoroeg@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)