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MEDI6225 Research Project 1

Module Overview

As part of the one year MRes in Stem cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine, all students will undertake two, 15-16 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 as possible in order to gain as much from the programme as possible. 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 an oral presentation and a written research report of 5000 words. In addition, students will undertake a mock viva voce on their project as a formative assessment. This will provide the students with experience in the discussion of their research and its wider implications.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with practical experience in the field of Stem cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine 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

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)
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)
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)
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 short research project; d) knowledge of good laboratory practice in performing experiments; e) data collection, handling and analysis skills to produce results; 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 evidencebased approach. The markers/reviewers will be experienced academics with a research interest in stem cell science. All assignments will be double marked by the supervisor of the project and another tutor involved in the programme. Marks and feedback will be moderated by the module leader. Assessed Course Work: A) An oral presentation (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions) consisting of an introduction, hypothesis/aims, results, conclusion and future work will be given. The presentation will demonstrate your ability to: 1) relay your research to a scientific audience in a coherent fashion supported by a clear powerpoint presentation, 2) place your research into context with that already published, 3) present appropriately analysed data arising from the project, 4) answer questions raised by peers and scientific audience, 5) appreciate how the research may be progressed in the future. B) Written assignment of not more than 5000 words reporting the research project including: Abstract, Introduction, Background and Literature Review, Hypothesis and Aims, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Future Research and References. 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 mock viva voce will be conducted by 2 examiners; normally the programme leader and at least one of the two markers of the research project. 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 oral presentation, the written assignment and the 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 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 mark will be capped at 50%. A minimum qualifying mark of 40% must be obtained for the lab proficiency.

Formative

Viva voce

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Lab proficiency 10%
Oral presentation 20%
Research project Report 70%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Lab proficiency 10%
Oral presentation 20%
Research project Report 70%
Viva voce %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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