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Postgraduate Course: Research Grant Proposal for MSc Drug Discovery & Protein Biotechnology (PGBI11109)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
Summary*Online Distance Learning *

Students will write a mock research grant proposal, after having researched the literature around a given topic and designed an experimental strategy for a doctoral-level research project.
Course description The course aims to teach students how to write a coherent research grant proposal in a style acceptable to a fund-awarding body.
The objectives are to:
explain the process of applying for research funding
guide the students through writing a grant application.
Train students to:
acquire information-gathering and synthesis skills;
write a coherent account of the question they are posing, including its importance and context
design the experimental strategy to solve the problem, and
discuss the research in the wider context of the value to society
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 16/01/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In course assessment.
50% Research Grant Proposal;
50% ePortfolio workbook containing Blog, linking of experiences and skills as evidence to list of Graduate Attributes, Reflective piece on the process of making the proposal supported by evidence from the Blog that should be used in a timely fashion.
Feedback By the nature of distance learning, feedback will be provided through on-line tutorials. There will be formative feedback on a draft proposal in good time to make use of it before submitting the summative work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe the process of obtaining funding for academic research from the research councils;
  2. search, identify and critically evaluate the relevant literature to gain a thorough and current knowledge of a biochemistry-related topic;
  3. build on current knowledge of biologics to suggest new directions for investigation of a drug discovery problem;
  4. design the appropriate experiments to tackle the drug discovery problem;
  5. identify the resources required to execute the project; and prepare a relevant, coherent, and acceptable grant application.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will gain the following transferable skills;

- autonomy in learning;
- searching, reading and critical analysis of literature;
- understanding relative value of different scientific approaches;
- experimental design;
- effective and coherent writing skills;
- appreciation of the relevance and importance of explaining scientific ideas and the impact of science, to the wider community; and
- time management
Course organiserProf Malcolm Walkinshaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 3719
Course secretaryMrs Claire Black
Tel: (0131 6)50 8637
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