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MEDI6224 Advanced Scientific Skills

Module Overview

The module consists of four workshops on: 1) Analysis and critical appraisal of large datasets 2) Bringing your science to the public 3) Scientific writing 4) Preparation of a research grant proposal In addition there will be two sessions on: 1) The preparation and presentation of a scientific poster 2) Clinical/commercial translation and technology transfer Each workshop/session will be taught by an academic with a specialist interest/expertise in the subject area. Prior to the Analysis and critical appraisal of large datasets workshop, the relevant supporting documentation/data will be uploaded onto Blackboard. The students will be expected to upload the data/relevant software to their computer prior to the workshop. The workshop will combine a seminar and general discussion in order to clarify any points and to frame any questions arising from the lecture that the students find interesting. The students will be required to extract and process data derived from a range of high-throughput experimental sources. In the Bringing your science to the public workshop, the students will learn how to communicate their research effectively to the public and will present their research project 1 in lay terms. In the scientific writing workshop, the students will be introduced to academic/scientific writing skills. The students will write both a lay and scientific abstract for a published primary scientific article. The research grant proposal workshop will consist of a seminar followed by a session in which the students will prepare an outline grant proposal. This will equip the students to prepare a three-year research grant proposal with support from either Research Project 1 or Research Project 2 supervisor. This module will build on key components of Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences 1 where students learn to develop a research hypothesis in addition to statistical methodology. This will enable students to gain understanding and develop the skills required to design and write a competitive, three-year research grant proposal which will be an extension of either their first, or second research project The two remaining sessions will focus on skills required to prepare and present a scientific poster and strategies for the commercialisation of research output.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To develop your ability to critically analyse complex biomedical datasets. • To develop skills required for the effective communication of your research to both scientific and lay audiences. • To write a competitive, three year research grant proposal which will be an extension of either the first, or second research project.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Extract and process data from a range of complex datasets. (Programme LO A2, A4, B1, C3)
  • Understand how to communicate research effectively to a scientific audience. (Programme LO A3, B7, C6, C7
  • Acquire communication skills required to portray your science to the public. (Programme LO B7, C6)
  • Appreciate the processes involved in research commercialisation. (Programme LO A3)
  • Understand what makes a good grant and the grant writing process (Programme LO A2, B1, B2, B5, C3, C4 C7, D2).
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 B5 C1)
  • Direct your own learning. (Programme LO B5, C1, C2)
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility. (Programme LO D1)
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand and summarise different methods of analysing large datasets. (Programme LO A4, B1, C3)
  • Apply knowledge of effective communication skills in oral and written presentations. (Programme LO B7, C6, C7
  • Critically assess research carried out by others, evaluate its usefulness for your grant proposal. (Programme LO A2, A4, B1, B2, B3, D2).
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Give succinct oral presentations and discuss the importance and relevance of published work (Programme LO B6, B7, C4, C6)
  • Produce a concise written summary and appraisal of published work. (Programme LO B6, B7, C7)
  • Prepare a competitive research grant proposal. (Programme LO A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B5, C1, C3, C4, C7, D2).

Syllabus

The module consists of four workshops on: 1) Analysis and critical appraisal of large datasets 2) Bringing your science to the public 3) Scientific writing 4) Preparation of a research grant proposal In addition there will be two sessions on: 1) The preparation and presentation of a scientific poster 2) Clinical/commercial translation and technology transfer

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including seminars, workshops, group discussions and facilitated sessions all which incorporate the evaluation and presentation of research findings within the field of stem cell biology. Total Study Time The module will reflect the normal distribution of 300 hours of student effort attributable to this 30 credit module. Contact hours: 33 Non-contact hours: 267

TypeHours
Independent Study174
Teaching26
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Resources and datasets required for this module will be accessible via the internet.. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be five parts to the assessment: 1) analysis of large datasets, 2) oral presentation of Research Project 1 specifically tailored for a lay audience, 3) abstract to summarise findings of a research publication suitable for a lay audience. 4) abstract to summarise findings of a research publication suitable for a scientific audience. 5) research grant proposal The markers/reviewers will be staff associated with the module. Written assignments will be double marked, and an agreed mark provided. Assessed Course Work: 1) analysis of large datasets (25%) 2) oral presentation of Research Project 1 specifically tailored for a lay audience (20%) 3) abstract to summarise findings of a research publication suitable for a lay audience (10%). 4) abstract to summarise findings of a research publication suitable for a scientific audience (10%). 5) research grant proposal (35%) You must pass the module overall at 50% or above. The pass mark for the analysis of large datasets, the oral presentation and the research grant proposal is 50% and no compensation is allowed. Compensation is only allowed between the lay and scientific abstracts. To qualify for compensation, a minimum mark of 40% in both the scientific and lay abstract must have been obtained and the average mark of these two assignments must be at least 50%. Candidates who fail the module at the first attempt will be permitted to re-sit specific elements 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 module mark will be capped at 50%.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis 25%
Grant proposal 35%
Oral presentation 20%
Written lay abstract 10%
Written scientific abstract 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis 25%
Grant proposal 35%
Oral presentation 20%
Written lay abstract 10%
Written scientific abstract 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All journal articles used will be accessible to students through the University of Southampton electronic journals collection. There are no other cost implications arising from this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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