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BL4201   Experimental Research Project

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

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 extensive laboratory or field research to investigate a defined problem within biology, appropriate to the degree programme being studied by each student. The project will involve diligence, initiative and independence in pursuing the literature, good experimental design, good experimental and/or analytical technique either in the field or the laboratory, and excellent record keeping. The project will culminate in the production of a high-quality report that demonstrates a deep understanding of the chosen area of research. Students will be allocated to a member of staff within the School of Biology who will guide and advise them in research activities throughout the academic year.

Relationship to other modules

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

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL4200 or take PN4299

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Weekly contact: 1 dedicated meeting with supervisor per week. Students should expect to spend the equivalent of 1 semester full-time conducting supervised research and completing the associated assessments. This time is either condensed into 1 semester or spread out over the whole year.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 567

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

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