BS986-7-FY-CO:
Research Project: MSc Molecular Medicine

The details
2023/24
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 06 October 2022
Thursday 14 September 2023
90
21 September 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
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Key module for

MSC C74112 Molecular Medicine

Module description

Your Research Project is the largest piece of work that you will complete during the course and contributes 60 credits (33%) of your final marks. You should find this to be both stimulating and of particular importance for your future career, because it will provide you with the opportunity to analyse a system in some depth and perform a coherent set of experiments allowing you to further develop your skills in experimental design, problem solving and the analysis and interpretation of data.


The Project Report, poster and talk will enable you to demonstrate your presentation and communication skills. The weighting of the project means that it is vital that you perform well in this aspect of your studies and that you are diligent in your reading, practical work and the preparation of your report, and oral and poster presentations.


An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 12 week placement. Work-based projects will be shared with students if available. These are not guaranteed and will vary according to the research needs of the placement provider. Students interested in these projects will need to participate in a selection process.


Students are also able to identify their own work-based projects. These would need to be approved by the Academic Supervisor/Course Director and Faculty Placements Team before the placement can start.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Demonstrate training and experience in the formulation of research ideas and in designing a research project.

  2. Demonstrate practical expertise in laboratory and / or bioinformatic techniques relevant to research in molecular medicine.

  3. Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to write a report in scientific paper format and development of a range of skills including information acquisition, self-learning, writing of a literature review, oral and poster presentation of scientific results and scientific meeting organisation.

Module information

Your Research Project is the largest piece of work that you will complete during the course and contributes 90 credits (33%) of your final marks. You should find this to be both stimulating and of particular importance for your future career, because it will provide you with the opportunity to analyse a system in some depth and perform a coherent set of experiments allowing you to further develop your skills in experimental design, problem solving and the analysis and interpretation of data.


The Project Report, poster and talk will enable you to demonstrate your presentation and communication skills. The weighting of the project means that it is vital that you perform well in this aspect of your studies and that you are diligent in your reading, practical work and the preparation of your report, and oral and poster presentations.


An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 12 week placement. See ‘Annex A – Additional information for Masters students undertaking a work-based research project in the School of Biological Sciences’ for details.


Work-based projects will be shared with students if available. These are not guaranteed and will vary according to the research needs of the placement provider. Students interested in these projects will need to participate in a selection process.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • 12 Week Laboratory Project.
  • Two weeks preparation for a Conference. (Week 30)

An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 12 week placement.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Project Proposal   16/02/2024  5% 
Coursework   Standalone Literature Review and Risk Assessment  10/05/2024  10% 
Coursework   Project Report  10/09/2024  70% 
Practical   Student engagement in the project     2.5% 
Practical   Student Conference Oral Presentation (materials)  25/06/2024  10% 
Practical   Student Conference Participation    2.5% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Reassessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ralf Zwacka, email: rzwacka@essex.ac.uk.
Supervisors
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create a full email address)

 

Availability
No
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No

External examiner

Dr Emma Denham
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer in Microbiology
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 11 hours, 7 (63.6%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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