BIOU9PR: Biology Project

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Phil Bartie

Module Description

Teaching programme: You will work under the supervision of a member of academic staff and perhaps as part of the supervisor’s research group. You should conduct extensive background reading (literature review) relevant to your project.
Expectations of students: You should spend a total of 600 hours working on your project from starting to submission of the completed dissertation. It is essential that you manage your time effectively to cope with data collection, reading for your Honours project and also ensuring that coursework for other modules is completed on time. Your supervisor will set task/checkpoints with deadlines throughout your project.

Module Objectives

  • To carry out an original piece of scientific research;
  • To gain experience working as part of a research group;
  • To develop a critical appreciation of key concepts through research; presentations and the scientific literature. 

Acquired Skills

This will vary from project to project but students are expected to develop the skills necessary to work independently on their data collection.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse scientific evidence and arguments from the peer-reviewed literature relevant to their research project;
  • Analyse, interpret and present field and laboratory recorded data;
  • produce a concise and structured dissertation;
  • independently manage their time and workload effectively;
  • summarise their project to a lay audience. 


Total Study Time 600 hours
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 0 hours: lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, external visits, scheduled on-line discussions or similar
Guided Independent Study 600 hours: both directed learning undertaken in student's own time, and their own self-directed study for assessment
Placements 0 hours


Coursework 100%
Examination 0%
Practical 0%
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