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Undergraduate Course: Biochemistry Research Project (BICH10018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryIndependent investigation of a research topic relating to biochemistry. The research is usually laboratory-based, but can include other topics, including science communication, teaching, computation etc. The project includes preparation of a research grant proposal, a dissertation, a short talk on your results, lab performance and a reflective portfolio.
Course description Your research project will involve an investigation into a novel line of biochemical research. It will usually incorporate laboratory-based research, the outcomes of which will be presented in a research report and a short oral talk. In addition, a research proposal will extend the topic of your laboratory work and provide practice in design of a hypothetical experimental strategy. During your project, you will develop personal skills and attributes beyond the specific technical skills related to your project. You will also develop your understanding of the research process and an awareness of the issues involved in doing research, including ethics and health and safety. By recording activities and completing specific tasks, reflections and assignments in a reflective portfolio you will develop a greater awareness of the research process and the development of your skills and capabilities as the research project proceeds.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 250, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 16, Other Study Hours 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 250 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Researching and writing your project, preparing for your presentation
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 60 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written report 50%
Grant Proposal 20%
Lab performance 10%
Project Talk 10%
Portfolio 10%
Feedback Written feedback on Research Grant Proposal
Written and oral formative feedback on practice Project Talk
Written feedback on Lab Performance (from supervisor)
Written feedback on Dissertation
Written summative feedback on Project Talk
Written feedback on Portfolio reflections
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research the background literature relating to a particular area of research.
  2. Safely and proficiently execute a subset of laboratory techniques related to the line of research.
  3. Develop and execute an experimental plan, and interpret the results of experiments.
  4. Present and discuss the results in two formats: a research talk and a short scientific written report or paper.
  5. Design and justify a hypothetical long-term research plan by preparing a grant proposal.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Research strategy and enquiry skills
Knowledge and understanding of a research area
Experimental design
Data analysis and interpretation
Time-management and personal effectiveness
Working in a team
Communication (oral and in writing)
Pitching a plan and applying for funding
Additional Class Delivery Information 3 2-hour workshops
3 lectures
KeywordsExperimental design,research,experimental techniques,data analysis and interpretation,short talk
Course organiserDr Julia Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7052
Course secretaryMs Louise Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5988
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