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Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Project (Life Sciences)

Course summary

Course code: BIOL0005
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Life and Sports Sciences
Course Coordinator(s): Jeanette Swan-Wallis



To provide an opportunity for personal development in applying prior theoretical and practical learning to a specific project and to demonstrate the ability to carry out a sustained piece of work.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully, a student will be able to:

1 Plan and cost, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work using appropriate media;
2 critically assess research results and the work of others i.e. published material;
3 work independently and apply knowledge and skills to the solution of a specific practical or theoretical problem;
4 be competent in practical and manipulative skills in solving practical problems, and/or analysis of theoretical research;
5 prepare a detailed and structured report on the project, with a business plan, critical assessment of the work done and the results achieved, and appropriate recommendations from the conclusions drawn;
6 present clear oral presentations with appropriate and adequate use of supporting visual aid material

Skills Learning Outcomes:
• Reference / cite work appropriately
• Use electronic systems as an information source and communication tool in a critical manner
• Develop an adaptable, flexible, and effective approach to study and work
• manage their time, plan ahead and prioritise activities
• use relevant literature sources to carry out a detailed search into a general topic and specific scientific problem

Indicative content

The topic of the project will be the subject of negotiation between the student and the designated supervisor.

Teaching and learning activity

Supervision is arranged to ensure that the student progresses at an appropriate pace through his/her project and also draws upon his/her own initiative and store of relevant knowledge. Students will be expected to make full use of computing facilities, laboratories, special purpose equipment, library and other facilities. A student handbook of project guidelines is available to assist students in meeting the requirements of the project course. Formal lectures on relevant topics of support will be scheduled (e.g. reference managers, business planning, poster presentation)


Written report - 80%
10000 words

Oral 5%
Aims of Project

Poster Presentation - 15%
Summary of the work done and conclusions drawn.

Pass mark - 40% overall