Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4601 Research Project Development and Methodology

(BL4601 online module handbook version 17)

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This distance learning module will look in detail at the processes involved in creating a scientific research project. The aim of the module is for the students to develop independent thought in experimental design. While on placement, a series of online assessments will test the students' ability to critically analyse research literature, identify core and specialised techniques in the biosciences, design experiments for specific research questions, quantitatively and statistically analyse data and publish research in the appropriate manner. The students should ultimately gain valuable skills necessary for successful independent research careers.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 3

Module Organiser
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463604
Pre-requisite Modules:
APPROVED ENTRY ON TO THE MBIOCHEM, MBIOL OR MMARBIOL DEGREE PROGRAMMES*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL5410*
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

BL4601: Timetable

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

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
19-09-2017
11:30 to 12:00
Online
Skype tutorial
Dr Jacqueline Nairn

Tutorial T1: Introduction to BL4601
2017-8_BL4601_T1

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
03-10-2017
11:30 to 12:30
Online
Skype tutorial
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
Dr V Anne Smith
Tutorial T2: Task 1: Research Question
2017-8_BL4601_T2

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
31-10-2017
11:30 to 12:30
Online
Skype tutorial
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
Dr Uli Schwarz-Linek
Tutorial T3: Task 2: Experimental Techniques
2017-8_BL4601_T3

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
30-01-2018
11:30 to 12:30
Online
Skype tutorial
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
Dr Gerald Prescott
Tutorial T4: Task 3: Experimental Design
2017-8_BL4601_T4

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
13-03-2018
11:30 to 12:30
Online
Skype tutorial
Dr Jacqueline Nairn

Tutorial T5: Task 4: Outputs (Peer Reveiw)
2017-8_BL4601_T5

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

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)

BL4601: Reading List

Click for BL4601 reading list

BL4601: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Designing Experiments
Due by:
30/10/2017 17:00
Feedback due by:
20/11/2017 17:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Research Outputs - peer reveiw
Due by:
27/11/2017 17:00
Feedback due by:
18/12/2017 17:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Research Plan
Due by:
26/02/2018 17:00
Feedback due by:
19/03/2018 17:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Experimental Techniques
Due by:
09/04/2018 17:00
Feedback due by:
30/04/2018 17:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
25%

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2017 22:20:10.)


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 (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@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

BL4601: Contributing Staff

Dr Jacqueline Nairn
(Module Organiser)

Senior Lecturer (Education Focused)jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
(Module Organiser)
Senior Lecturer (Education Focused)jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottDirector of Teachinggrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Uli Schwarz-LinekDr Uli Schwarz-LinekLecturer in Biomolecular Sciencesus6@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)

BL4601: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4601 successfully should be able to:

  • develop novel and interesting research questions from scientific research literature
  • assess the strength and limitations of experimental techniques and discuss how these would influence their use within research projects
  • develop a course of experiments that addresses a defined research question
  • understand the requirements for publishing scientific work and the processes by which this work is reviewed
  • develop confidence in designing and planning experimental research projects
  • develop critical evaluation skills
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)

BL4601: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Image analysis
  • Image processing

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - participating
  • Research proposal
  • Review article on given topic
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Ethical considerations
  • 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)