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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research Project
Module Code BE488
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Linda Holland
Semester 2: Linda Holland
Autumn: Linda Holland
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Phil Cummins
Anne Parle-McDermott
Christine Loscher
Ciaran Fagan
Dermot Walls
Greg Foley
Naomi Walsh
Denise Harold
Michael Freeley
Linda Holland
Keith Rochfort
Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To enable students to undertake a research project in the fields of genetics, cell biology and bioinformatics. To develop skills in laboratory or computational research. To develop skills in presentation and analysis of the results of scientific research.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop new experimental or computational methods and solve problems in experimental design
2. Plan experiments competently and accurately record experimental data
3. Analyse and interpret results competently
4. Present results in a clear and concise manner
5. Critically discuss results in the context of both the given project and published work
6. Use information sources competently

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory2008 week laboratory/computational research work
Independent Study80Data analysis of results, lab report writing and data presentation
Total Workload: 280

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Defined Research Project
The student will choose a research project from a list submitted by academic staff. Having undertaken the Literature Survey module (BE489a) in semester I, the student will have researched the background to the project The student will spend 20-25 hours per week for an 8-week period undertaking the project in the research laboratory managed by their academic supervisor. At the end of this period, the student will present their results at a series of seminars to an audience of their peers and academic staff.. Following the oral presentations, the student will submit a typed version of the work for inspection by 2 internal and 1 external examiner.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationThe student's involvement, participation and performance in the project will be assessed by the supervisor over the course of the 8 week period.50%n/a
ThesisThe students project write up will be assessed by the supervisor and second read and marked by a another member of academic staff and the external examiner40%n/a
PresentationThe student will present their project an the end of semester to all the class and academic staff in a 10 min presentation10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology

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