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This subject aims to provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding in, and extend the practice of biomedical research.
The student will conduct an original research project in a basic or clinical research laboratory under the supervision of a research scientist from the Dept during the period February to November.
The student will be introduced to current literature and techniques in specialised areas.
The research project will form part of a larger project or the basis of an expanded project. In both cases the work may culminate in an original research publication.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Identify the position of their research, and develop a hypothesis and the supporting aims required to test the hypothesis.
- Solve problems and troubleshoot throughout the research period.
- Extend the research observations to formulate ideas for future scope of the research.
- Select, summarise and critically appraise published research in an area of clinical and biological sciences.
- Identify and apply ethical conduct of animal and human experimental ethics, including regulatory requirements.
- Demonstrate critical analysis and decision-making skills.
- Compare and contrast the relevant literature in understanding the research question posed.
- Conduct supervised research on a chosen research project and work effectively in a team environment and autonomously at times.
- Effectively plan and organise research methodologies and techniques to be implemented.
- Demonstrate excellent time management skills.
- Communicate the method and findings of a research project in oral and written form. Engagement with the audience/examiner, maintaining interest from the audience and demonstrating adequate stage presence (eye contact, steady pace, confidence). Strong ability to answer questions confidently and with sound knowledge of the research area.
Students will gain the skills necessary to perform hypothesis driven research.
In a more general sense that students will learn to
- design a scientific project to address a specific question whilst considering the ethical principles and processes used in biological research;
- identify the best experimental approaches to address these questions;
- locate and utilise information available in scientific and medical literature, and ensure an understanding of experimental data in order to construct a rational scientific argument;
- critically assess, compare and contrast the literature;
- identify unresolved scientific questions;
- apply new research techniques to a specific project;
- enhance their problem solving skills by undertaking methodological approaches to research;
- establish time management skills and manage the completion of specific tasks;
- communicate research results in both written and oral form, including the organisation of knowledge and identification of the potential scope of the research project.
Last updated: 31 January 2024