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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Literature Review & Experimental Design
Module Code BE489
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paula Meleady
Semester 2: Paula Meleady
Autumn: Paula Meleady
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Paula Meleady
Phil Cummins
Anne Parle-McDermott
Brian Freeland
Christine Loscher
Ciaran Fagan
Dermot Walls
Greg Foley
Naomi Walsh
Denise Harold
David Collins
Michael Freeley
Linda Holland
Keith Rochfort
Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
Burcu Gunes
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce the students of the B.Sc. Genetics & Cell Biology and B.Sc Biotechnology programme to the main research topics that are under investigation for their research projects within the School of Biotechnology. The students will research in depth the existing literature available on a given topic/scientific problem that may be pertinent to their final year research project and write this up in an organised, coherent and structured manner akin to an introduction to a thesis. In addition, the students will research the general background of their assigned research project and present a concise background and rationale for addressing the specific research question, specify the rationale and strategy for addressing the research question, present an experimental design for their project and evaluate some alternative strategies and contingencies that they could undertake to address the research question.

Learning Outcomes

1. Gain experience in examining critically the pertinent literature relevant to a given topic using, in particular, published scientific articles as sources
2. Learn to discriminate between articles that are more relevant/less relevant
3. Learn to critically evaluate in an original way the contributions of various discoveries to the understanding of the topic
4. Compose a written document to present critical contributions in a structured way
5. Integrate references to the source material appropriately
6. Explain the background as it relates to the student's research project
7. Gain experience in designing experimental strategies to address a scientific question
8. Gain experience in assessing alternative experimental strategies and contingencies to proposed stragegies

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning188Interrogate the Literature using all available resources Library and web based literature search, supervisor directed preparation of literature review, thesis presentation, submission of a written report
Total Workload: 188

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

Literature Search, Review, Writing
As directed by supervisor

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentSubmit a written review as directed by the supervisor70%Week 12
AssignmentSubmit a 3-page Experimental Design plan30%Week 12
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 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    BTBSc in Biotechnology

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