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Postgraduate Course: Research Proposal (Data Science for Biology) (PGBI11134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course prepares students for their dissertation project. In the course students will prepare a dissertation proposal in preparation for their dissertation. The proposal forms the assessed component for this course and defines the research plan for the dissertation.
Course description In this course students will learn how to plan a research project and write a research proposal. The course includes taught elements that outline these processes as well as tutorials designed to connect between taught and research elements of the programme. The second part of the course allows time for students to work together with their dissertation supervisor to build their research plan.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 45, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 141 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will present (part of) a research paper and critically evaluate the results. The presentation will be assessed (10%)
Report on a research topic that relates to the tutorials (40%)
Research Proposal (50%)
Feedback The class sessions are discussions sessions and the tutorials interactive, feedback will happen in those sessions. Supervisors will provide feedback during discussions and during the one read-through of the draft research proposal that they are allowed.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge and skills gained on the MSc to a specific research project.
  2. Develop an understanding of research within a specific project area.
  3. Critically evaluate a paper in a defined area of research and present their analysis to the class
  4. Develop the skills necessary to write a coherent research plan
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Practice, applied knowledge, skills and understanding. For example, Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.

Generic cognitive skills. For example knowledge that covers and integrates most, if not all, of the main areas of the subject/discipline/sector ┬┐including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.

Communication, Numeracy and ICT skills. For example, use a wide range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit purpose.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others. For example, exercise substantial initiative in professional and equivalent activities and take responsibility for own work.
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Course organiserDr Simon Tomlinson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7252
Course secretaryMr Alex Ramsay
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