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BL4200   Literature-based Research Project

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This project will involve an extensive literature review to investigate a defined hypothesis or problem within the field of biology, appropriate to the degree programme being studied by each student. The project will involve diligence, initiative and independence in pursuing the literature, and the production of a high-quality dissertation that demonstrates a deep understanding of the chosen area of research. Students will be allocated to a member of staff who will guide and advise them in research activities throughout the academic year. The project will be written up in the form of a research dissertation.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of Biology Honours Adviser required

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL4201 or take PN4299

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 dedicated meeting with supervisor per week, students should expect to spend the equivalent of 8 weeks full-time on this research project.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100% (10% - Thesis outline and resource list 1,000 words 70% - Written thesis 15,000 words 20% - Viva (20 minutes))

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 20%
Coursework: 80%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed item(s) of Coursework


Module teaching staff: Individual Supervisors across the School of Biology