MSc Medical and Molecular Virology / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Research skills in Practice (short version)

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL65242
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The adapted unit is comprised of 3 x 10 credit modules. Each module will typically take 2 weeks (FT) to complete. The three modules comprise:

1. Formulating your research question (10 credits)

2. Critical appraisal of the literature (10 credits)

3. Communicating your Research (10 credits)

Note that each module is assessed independently but award of credits is made only on completion of the entire course unit (i.e. all 3 modules (30 credits))



The unit aims to provide assessed opportunities for the student to: find, evaluate and synthesise information from a variety of sources; apply their skills of critical analysis to a research hypothesis relevant to their specific discipline; develop working relationships; demonstrate effective time-keeping, self-management and initiative; listen to and support others; demonstrate commitment to a task; and express ideas effectively and accurately.


Teaching and learning methods

The unit will be delivered wholly on-line.

A variety of learning and teaching processes will be included; e.g. short videos, directed reading, quizzes/self assessments, discussion boards, group sessions, wiki’s.


Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate in-depth and advanced knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of current issues/problems in the subject, discipline or profession

Intellectual skills

Apply skills of critical analysis to real world situations within a defined range of contexts.

Practical skills

  • Find, evaluate, synthesise and use information from a variety of sources.
  • Express ideas effectively and communicate informative appropriately and accurately using a range of media.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, exercise initiative and show personal responsibility.
  • Demonstrate independent learning ability to support their continued professional development
  • Enhance their skills and confidence to enable them to operate effectively and creatively within their professional practice

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 33.3%
Oral assessment/presentation 33.3%
Set exercise 33.3%

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Pamela Vallely Unit coordinator

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