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BL2300   Research Methods in Biology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 8

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 12.00 noon Tue, Thu (odd weeks) 12.00 noon Wed, Fri (even weeks) Practical classes: 2.00 - 5.00 pm Wed, Thu or Fri (weeks 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)

This module will help students develop essential academic and transferable skills, with major emphasis on problem solving. This will be achieved through a combination of interactive lectures, independent data-handling workshops and group work on a mini research project. The module will start with an introduction to the scientific method, experimental design, understanding and presenting data. Students will then learn various statistical tests using a code-based statistical software and build their confidence in independent data-handling workshops. Regular mathematics for biologists classes will allow students to practise manipulating equations, performing laboratory calculations etc. A mini project on which the students work in small groups will help them apply the principles learned. The module will also cover scientific essay writing, record keeping and good laboratory practice.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL1101 and pass BL1102

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 3-hour practical (x 6 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 38

Guided independent study hours: 112

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Alternative assessment to the same weighting as the failed item of assessment

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr V C J Dietrich-Bischoff
Module teaching staff: Team taught