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MEDI6222 Research Project 2

Module Overview

As part of the one year MRes in Stem cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine, all students will undertake two, 16 week research projects in different laboratories. This offers students the opportunity to develop a broad range of laboratory skills and to develop a well-rounded understanding of the field. Students will be offered as much choice as possible for the two projects, with information on project availability being provided by the module lead. Students will be encouraged to develop as wide a range of skills in order to gain as much from the programme. Each student will have a clearly identified supervisor who will provide guidance and support in both the practical and theoretical elements of the project. Students will need to utilise appropriate research techniques to address a clear research question. In addition, students will be expected to develop a good understanding of the published literature within the specific field. Assessment of the project will be through a poster presentation, a written 3000 word research report in the form of a scientific publication and a viva voce.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with practical experience in the field of Stem cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine working with internationally recognised research teams. With appropriate supervision, you will review the relevant literature, derive a project hypothesis and aims, plan and execute experimental work and write a project report. The project report will demonstrate knowledge and appraisal of the relevant literature and show that this has been applied to the design, execution and analysis of the project. Preparation and presentation of a poster will provide valuable experience in the presentation and discussion of data with a scientific audience. The viva voce will demonstrate knowledge of the research project and wider research field.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Differentiate between different types of research methods and apply appropriate research designs to chosen projects. (Programme LO A2, B1, D2)
  • Identify the practical issues involved in carrying out research. (Programme LO A1)
  • Follow research conventions appropriate to the aims of the study and the research design (e.g research governance, ethics and data protection). (Programme LO A3)
  • Justify the need for carrying out research in the particular area chosen for the project. (Programme LO A1, A4, B1)
  • Undertake a viva voce to demonstrate understanding of the project and the wider research field. (Programme LO A1, A2, A3, A4, B5, B6, C4)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Organise your own activities to achieve a desired outcome within a limited amount of time. (Programme LO C1, C5)
  • Direct your own learning and perform independent judgement and critical self-awareness for your work. (Programme LO C2)
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility. (Programme LO C5, D1)
  • Organise your data and present in a logical, coherent fashion to other scientists. (Programme LO B7, C7)
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess research carried out by others, evaluate its usefulness for your own practice and use it as a starting point for your research. (Programme LO B1, B2, C3)
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Plan and undertake a project in a specified area of research with appropriate supervision. (Programme LO B2, B4
  • Use data collection, handling and analysis methods appropriately. (Programme LO B2, B4)
  • Perform appropriate data interpretation and presentation. (Programme LO B1, B3)
  • Give an oral presentation where you introduce the topic of your research, present your data and place in context with the published literature. (Programme LO B6, B7, C4, C6)
  • Submit a written report of research with an element of originality. (Programme LO B5, B6, B7, C4, C6, C7)

Syllabus

Students will work with an assigned supervisor to learn and extend their: a) background knowledge and critical appraisal of the area in which they are working; b) knowledge of ethical considerations relating to the project; c) laboratory skills required to carry out a specified research project; d) knowledge of good laboratory practice in performing experiments; e) data collection, handling and analysis skills; f) data presentation skills in both oral and written formats.

Special Features

This is a laboratory based module involving extensive practical work. If appropriate, reasonable adjustments will be discussed with Enabling Services and other groups within the University to provide an equality of experience wherever possible.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn the required skills to perform an in depth research project in a specific field of Stem cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine utilising a range of learning and teaching methods including: a) Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Training Programme; b) Training/discussion sessions; c) Research Seminars; d) Face-to-face theoretical and practical training. Total Study Time: The modules will reflect the normal distribution of 400 hours of student effort attributable to each 40 credit module. Contact hours: 60 Non-contact hours: 540

TypeHours
Teaching60
Independent Study540
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Reading materials. You will be provided with initial reading material appropriate for the project by your research project supervisor prior to the commencement of the module. The reading associated with generic transferable skills learned in the Research Skills for Biomedical Sciences module and taught modules will also be applicable to this module. Current review articles and primary research papers will be accessible through the University of Southampton electronic journals collection.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. It will demonstrate your ability to plan, perform and present a research project using an evidence-based approach. The markers/reviewers will be experienced academics with a research interest in stem cell science. The research project report will be double blind marked followed by moderation. The poster presentation and the viva voce will be double marked and an agreed mark provided. Assessed Course Work: A) Preparation and presentation of a scientific poster will demonstrate your ability to: 1) Design a poster and display results obtained in the research project in a coherent fashion suitable for a scientific audience. 2) Place your research into context with that already published 3) Explain the research outlined in your poster succinctly 4) Answer questions arising from your poster 5) Appreciate how the research may be progressed in the future B) A written research report in the form of a scientific paper. The report should not exceed 4000 words excluding the Title page, Abstract, Tables, Figure legends, References, Acknowledgements and any supplementary data. The report should include a Title, Abstract, key words, Introduction including Aims, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Acknowledgements and any supplementary data associated with your research project. The assignment will demonstrate your knowledge and appraisal of the relevant literature and show that this has been applied to the design, execution, statistical analysis and reporting of the project. C) A viva voce. The viva voce will be conducted by 2 examiners; normally the programme leader and at least one of the two markers of the research report. The viva voce will demonstrate your understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of your research project, the implications and future direction of the work, and your knowledge of the wider scientific field. D) Lab proficiency mark is provided by the project supervisor to reflect the students overall attendance, participation in all group lab meetings and journal clubs etc, experimental proficiency, lab book maintenance, professionalism and ability to work alone and part of a team. All the learning outcomes detailed in sections 1-4 will be achieved in identifying, planning, performing, presenting and discussing the poster, written report and viva voce for the research project. Assessment requirements: You must pass the module overall at 50% or above. All elements must be passed, no compensation allowed. Candidates who fail the module at the first attempt will be permitted to re-sit specific topics as supplementary assessments as agreed by the module lead. Candidates who achieve at least 50% overall at the second attempt will be permitted to pass the module and the mark will be capped at 50%. A minimum qualifying mark of 40% must be obtained for the lab proficiency.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Lab proficiency 10%
Poster Presentation 15%
Research project Report 50%
Viva voce 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Lab proficiency 10%
Poster Presentation 15%
Research project Report 50%
Viva voce 25%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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