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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Analytical Science Research Project
Module Code BE494
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
Semester 2: Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
Autumn: Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Phil Cummins
Rosaleen Devery
Anne Parle-McDermott
Christine Loscher
Ciaran Fagan
Dermot Walls
Naomi Walsh
Denise Harold
Michael Freeley
Linda Holland
Keith Rochfort
Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To enable students to undertake a research project in an area of biology. To develop laboratory skills and become independent in designing and executing experiments. To develop the ability to present, interpret and discuss research results.

Learning Outcomes

1. Design experiments and prepare the necessary materials
2. Apply laboratory techniques and/or computing skills in an experimental approach to investigative research
3. Operate instrumentation in an independent and competent manner
4. Interpret experimental results critically
5. Produce a clear and accurate record of experimental work
6. Present and discuss the results of investigative research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory300No Description
Independent Study200No Description
Total Workload: 500

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

The student will spend 28 - 35 hours per week for a twelve-week period undertaking the project in the research laboratory under the supervision of the laboratory head.

On completion of the project, the student will present their results at a series of seminars to an audience of the peers and academic staff.

The student will subsequently submit a typed report of the research for inspection by two internal and one external examiners.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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

  • Project Supervisors: 0, Essential: Relevant research articles, reviews and books.,
  • O'Connor B: 0, 'Guidelines for the writing of literature surveys and laboratory projects' (in the AS4 handout),
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ASBSc in Analytical Science
Date of Last Revision26-MAY-08

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