Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module introduces students to the real-world of scientific research, taking them from learners to active participants in the scientific process. Practical instruction on techniques (lab and field) will build on NS4209 Methods in Biology whilst theoretical sessions will develop research planning and experimental design skills. Staff will provide seminars of their own research areas with an emphasis on the practicalities of designing and running scientific research. Funding, ethics, communication and risk assessment will be introduced or extended. The module will terminate with a four week practical research project, putting skills into action. The module will underpin research style modules such as NS5207 Animal Behaviour, NS5208 Residential Fieldwork and NS6222/3 Dissertation.
Basic field techniques to complement lab techniques taught in NS4209 Methods in Biology
Extension lab techniques
Risk assessment and funding of scientific research
Ethics of research
Planning scientific research; experimental design and research practicalities
A student passing this module should be able to:
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