SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHB120027
Module Leader Elaine Gribben
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 4 modules

Summary of Content

The Project is intended to develop independent thought by the student through the application of theoretical principles acquired during their previous years of study. Each student must design and carry out a research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The subject of the project will be supervised by a member of staff from BIO and co-supervised by a Clinical Physiology colleague from the appropriate discipline (i.e. cardiology, respiratory physiology or neurophysiology). Students are required to write a full report on their findings, give an oral presentation on these using audio-visual aids and also produce a poster communication.


Project titles will be distributed to the students by the end of April in Year 3 with student choices to be made by the end of the examination period. Students who suggest their own topic will be directed by the Programme Leader to an appropriate member of staff to discuss the feasibility of the proposed project. Each student will design and carry out a research project and write a report based on their findings. The subject of the project will on a topic from within the field of their Clinical Physiology discipline. Students are required to give an oral presentation of their work during semester B which accounts for 10% of the final assessment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Conducted an extensive and critical search of the literature relevant to the investigation.2. Prepared a statement concerning the nature and parameters of the problem to be investigated.3. Carried out a programme of investigative work involving data collection (either empirical data or data culled from a rigorous survey of the literature).4. Written a full report of the research in an approved format which includes a high quality evaluation of the data obtained and which outlines possible approaches to further investigation.5. For dissertation projects, students will be expected to review current information relevant to the topic under discussion, prepared a statement concerning the nature and parameters of the problem, write a full report in approved format which includes a rigorous review and evaluation of original research.6. Empirical projects, students should be expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge of data handling, data analysis and interpretation as well as the use of descriptive and inferential statistics.7. Shown evidence of reflexivity and ethical awareness in the conduct of their research.8. resented an oral and poster communication of the work to staff and fellow students.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The emphasis will be on independent study although in all cases academic staff will act as first supervisor in order to ensure that there is appropriate direction and depth of approach in the topic being investigated. Students will be encouraged to contact the module leader during the April before entry to the final year so that a project can be selected and planned, in consultation with the supervisor, during the summer. Students will liaise with their supervisors to monitor progress at regular intervals.

Indicative Reading

Reading appropriate to the project will be arranged initially in consultation with the supervisor. Students are then expected to consult current primary literature on the topic of their project.

Transferrable Skills

The students will enhance: - skills in searching the literature and databases - design and planning of data collection - ability to analyse and critically evaluate data - IT skills - ability to work independently - communication and presentational skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 320.00
Assessment (PT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 80.00 35% Report exemption case 100R
Course Work 03 n/a 10.00 35% Poster exemption case 100R
Course Work 02 n/a 10.00 35% Oral Presentation exemption case 100R