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This subject aims to extend the student’s education and intellectual development in Biomedicine, Physiology and Surgery through the attendance and participation in Workshops, Research Seminars and Journal Club presentations. The students will be exposed to experimental design and development of a question as an approach to research, covering the main research areas of the department; Cancer, Transplantation, Liver regeneration, and Immunobiology. The students will attend three different series of seminars; The first series of lectures/workshops is designed to assist the student in acquiring necessary skills to successfully complete the B Sc Hons/B Biomed Honours course. This program includes workshops covering information relating to oral presentations, making scientific posters, and preparation of abstracts (approximately 12 hours in total). The second series is the Surgery/Ludwig Research Seminar Series (LICR/DOS) held on a weekly basis (approximately 12 hours in total). These talks cover a wide range of topics of central interest to contemporary biomedical research and are presented by external invited speakers and senior scientists within the departments. Thirdly, students will attend the weekly Departmental Research In Progress and Journal Club Seminars (50 minutes duration, which are given by research staff and postgraduate students and are held throughout the year on a weekly basis (approximately 12 hours).
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Select, summarise and critically appraise published research in an area of clinical sciences.
- Identify and describe the variety of scientific topics in the medical community.
- Work as part of a team by participating in lectures and showing general interest in the course (includes good attendance and punctuality in the laboratory and all associated forums, showing respectful attitudes towards fellow students and staff, general understanding and adherence to departmental and university policies).
- Compare and contrast the relevant literature in understanding the research question posed.
- Demonstrate excellent time management skills.
- Communicate the method and findings of a research project in oral and written form.
Overall the aim of this subject is to provide students with first-rate skills that will enhance their application for a Research Higher Degree or provide the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in one of the many science and technology fields:
• Design of a scientific project and consideration of ethical principles and processes used in biological research;
• Utilising information and data available in scientific and medical literature, and identification of key data and essential factors from a large body of information;
• Critical analysis of complex information, including statistical assessment of experimental data;
• Ability to contribute to intellectual discussion in research;
• Development of understanding of research concepts to generate new ideas for experiments;
• Acquiring excellent oral and written communication skills.
Last updated: 29 July 2022