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Module code:PHOLM901(Add to my personalised list)
Title:MSci Research Project in Life Sciences (Masters Level)
Credit value:2
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Dr Jonathan Fry
Organiser's location:Rockefeller Rm 418 (Tues and Thurs 1-2pm)
Available for students in Year(s):4,
Module prerequisites:Year 3 of Natural Sciences Programme with one stream in the Faculty of Life Sciences. 
Module outline:A research project designed for those final year MSci students on the Natural Sciences programme whose major stream is in the Faculty of Life Sciences. A range of project titles will be offered within the Faculty to complement the taught material in such streams. Under supervision, students will carry out original experimental and/or modeling work. They will then write a dissertation critically analysing and presenting their results. Students will also be expected to defend an oral presentation of their work.  
Module aims:An introduction to original research in Life Sciences. 
Module objectives:Practical experience of research methods, of designing an investigation and analysing the results of and of the writing-up and oral presentation of the study. 
Key skills provided by module:1. The ability to plan and execute under supervision, an experiment or investigation, analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions. Students should be able to evaluate the level of uncertainty in their results, understand the significance of error analysis and be able to compare these results with expected outcomes, theoretical predictions or with published data. They should be able to evaluate the significance of their results in this context. 2. Effective use of IT skills at the level needed for project work; for example a familiarity with a programming language, simulation software, or the use of mathematical packages for manipulation and numerical solution of equations. 3. A working knowledge of a variety of experimental, mathematical and/or computational techniques applicable to current research. 4. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing complex scientific ideas and the conclusions of an experiment, investigation or project concisely, accurately and informatively. 5. The ability to manage their own learning and to make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources. 6. Experimental skills showing the competent use of specialised equipment, the ability to identify appropriate pieces of equipment and to master new techniques and equipment (applies to students with experimental projects). 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Supervisor's Assessment 15.00%.
Oral Presentation 15.00%.
Report 70.00%.
Notes:Students eligible for the module will be invited to submit applications for up to 5 projects, in order of preference. Supervisors of these projects will then select students to work with them based on prior academic performance and/or interview, e-mail, 'phone, Skype dialogue. With the agreement of the module organiser, students are also free to arrange projects with other members of staff who are not within the above scheme. After agreeing a project you and your supervisor must fill in and sign the Project Registration Form and take it to the Biosciences Teaching Office, Rm G10, Medawar Building, for approval by the end of the second week of Term 1. We will not accept your registration onto the module without receipt of this form. Dissertations must be submitted to the Biosciences Teaching Office, Rm G10, Medawar Building, by the specified deadline which will be during the last week of Term 2. An extension of this deadline will be given only in truly exceptional circumstances. Reports handed in after the deadline will incur the standard UCL penalty. Two printed copies of the report are required plus an identical electronic file copy submitted through the Turnitin link on the Moodle site. The latter will be screened for plagiarism. Oral presentations will take place during the first week of Term 3.  
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Last updated:2014-02-19 17:46:51 by ucgbjpf