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Archived Version 2016 - 2017

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide incoming Ph.D students with a range of workshops, presentations and assignments that will aid in their progression through the Ph.D process within the School of Biotechnology. Students will gain transferrable skills such as laboratory safety, record keeping, utilisation of basic software packages and gaining knowledge from seminars/the literature. Students will learn the specific standard operating procedures in relation to working with biological/chemical hazardous materials and genetically modified organisms as they operate in Biotechnology. Students will also learn best practice in relation to laboratory note-taking, sample storage and email etiquette. Attendance at Biotechnology related lectures/seminars and associated assignments, will highlight to students the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to research and the role of other researchers and industry in their research education. Interactions with their supervisor, multiple academic and technical staff, their peers and researchers outside the School/DCU will provide students with the local network and basic postgraduate skills to enhance their Ph.D experience.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the safety laboratory procedures of working with biological and chemical hazardous material.
2. Develop and articulate an awareness of the student versus supervisor role during the Ph.D process.
3. Demonstrate the ability to accurately record laboratory data and sample storage.
4. Demonstrate the ability to fundamentally utilise basic software packages for data recording and handling bibliographies.
5. Develop and articulate current knowledge within the general field of Biotechnology.
6. Develop and articulate a critical awareness of current knowledge within the student’s chosen research field.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture50Attendance at lectures, seminars and workshops as assigned by the School of Biotechnology
Group work20Peer-to-Peer, coordinator and supervisor interaction relating to all 6 learning outcomes.
Independent Study55Completion of reports, assignments and literature survey
Total Workload: 125

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

Links to Software tutorials
Online tutorials for MS Excel and Endnote

School of Biotechnology Health & Safety Manual
Up-to-date safety procedures and approved EPA protocols for Biological Safety and GMOs.

Seminar lists/Research Day
Lunchtime seminar lists and the School of Biotechnology's Research Day programme will be made available in advance.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes