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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research Design & Methodology Project
Module Code BE565
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Janosch Heller
Semester 2: Janosch Heller
Autumn: Janosch Heller
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Denise Harold
Janosch Heller
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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Students who choose the Research Design and Methodology Project will participate in a 12-week research placement within the School of Biotechnology or in other Institutes in DCU. Research topics should stay within the realm of biotherapeutics but could range from recombinant protein production to gene therapy to gene expression regulation to improving down stream processing techniques. Alternatively, if students are working in a relevant Industry they may undertake their research project in their place of work. This module will help students develop the research skills needed to adopt a problem-solving approach to scientific research in biomedical therapeutics. Guidance will be provided in the basic methodology of scientific research and in summarising, elaborating and explaining research results. Students will also gain a number of transferable skills, including communication, interpersonal and organisational skills. Students will provide the structure of their own literature review/project plan and this should clearly identify the context of the proposed research, and status of the field, together with realistic time scale for completion. Students will complete a dissertation that will include a full scientific report of their project. Lastly, students will give an oral presentation of their project to all Principle Investigators and mentors involved in the project.

Learning Outcomes

1. Locate the source information and literature necessary for your research project and literature review.
2. Apply the methods and procedures of scientific research and development on a novel topic pertaining to biotherapeutics.
3. Identify logical approaches to experimental design, analytical measurement, and data analysis.
4. Prepare a research thesis that provides a summary and critical analysis of the scientific research that was carried out in this project.
5. Deliver an oral presentation of your research topic.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Professional Practice480Students will be expected to work a full 40 hour week in the laboratory for 12 weeks.
Directed learning40Students will read relevant references before starting in the laboratory
Independent Study40Literature and database searches
Assignment Completion160Dissertation preparation
Assignment Completion30Oral presentation and preparation
Total Workload: 750

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

Research Project
The specific research area for each individual project will be agreed upon by the student and the academic and/or industrial advisors. Specific research and evaluation criteria will apply in the individual projects.

Literature Review
Preparation of a comprehensive literature review on a topic that is relevant to the research project and falls within the broad realm of biotherapeutics.

Oral presentation
Dissemination of research project results via an oral presentation.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Extended Essay / DissertationLiterature Review. This will be submitted together with the research dissertation in early August.35%Other
ProjectAssessment will be based on lab skills, project planning, data analysis, literature review, write-up and presentation. This will be submitted together with the literature review in early August.50%Other
PresentationOral presentation on research project. These will take place in early August.15%Other
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

  • Principle Investigator.: 0, Specific reading material will apply in the individual projects,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MBPTMSc in Biotherapeutics

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