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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module, students will participate in a three-month research placement within the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at DCU. The module will help the students develop the research skills needed to adopt a problem solving approach to diagnostics research. 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 skilss, 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. Also, students will give an oral presentation of their project to all PIs and mentors involved in the project.

Learning Outcomes

1. apply the methods and procedures of scientific research and development.
2. locate the source material necessary for background and related information.
3. evaluate sourced information critically and have an ability to independently check its correctness where appropriate.
4. outline a strategy and time plan for completion of research.
5. have a logical approach to experimental design, measurement, and data analysis.
6. prepare documents using quality aspects of reports, user manuals, scientific articles and internet publications.
7. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the aspect of Biomedical Diagnostics which is the subject matter of the research project.
8. contribute to research in their specific area of biomedical diagnostics.
9. present their research topic on multiple levels of sophistication.

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 Study30Literature and database searches
Assignment Completion160Dissertation preparation
Assignment Completion30Presentation and preparation
Total Workload: 740

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 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.

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

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