Research and Professional Skills in Life Science

Module summary

Module code: RESE1132
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Susan Force



To guide students through the processes of preparing for and delivering their final year research project.
To gain an understanding of the skills and attributes required for a graduate to be successful in the employment market.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate skills for preparation and management of projects including the application of sound scientific principles to study design
2. Identify and apply appropriate health and safety and ethics considerations to scientific activities.
3. Identify and apply appropriate tools for data collection, management, processing, statistical analysis, interpretation and presentation.
4. Employ self-reflection to identify strengths and weaknesses in their own skillset and adopt a plan to develop themselves and prepare for the employment market. This should reflect University of Greenwich Graduate Attributes.

Indicative content

• An introduction to Data: Types and formats of data
• An introduction to basic statistics
• An introduction to descriptive statistics
• Use of IT to process and present data
• Use of IT to communicate information: literature searching, document preparation, presenting scientific information
• Keynote lecturers on research topics, for example _ Microbiology, Parasitology, Nutrition, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
• Employability and Personal Development Planning

Teaching and learning activity

The module will be taught through lectures and IT workshops with input from visiting speakers. Online support will be provided in Moodle. The PDP element will be managed by personal tutors.


PDP Portfolio: 25% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 4.
Word Length: 2000 words.
Outline Details: Activities to support PDP and Employability with reflective studies.

Report: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 3.
Word Length: 1500 words.
Outline Details: Mini project - Part A: Submission of report (data analysis) & presentation.

Mini Project: 25% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 3.
Word Length: 1500 words.
Outline Details: Mini project - Part B: Peer assessment, marked by Moodle algorithm.

Formative Assessment: Statistics and professional skills: Practise quizzes provided throughout the teaching materials to help students understand & test their skills. These have been set up as multi attempts with immediate feedback.
PDP: students will undertake formative tasks guided by personal tutors as they work through their self-evaluation and reflective activities as part of personal academic tutoring.