NS4211: Research Project

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NS4211: Research Project

Module Title Research Project
Module Code NS4211
Module Tutor Richard Rolfe
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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

Communicating research

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Understand and demonstrate the basis of sound experimental design
  2. Demonstrate a solid grounding in field techniques and the ability to apply these to specific projects with tutor guidance
  3. Understand and demonstrate the importance of ethical planning, risk assessment and funding in research
  4. Demonstrate an ability to carry out research and communicate findings in a suitable manner.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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