MSc Nanomedicine by Research / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Research Project 1
|FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
|Available as a free choice unit?
The initial part of Research project 1 is a supervised literature review on an important current research topic in the field. The second part of the unit will involve students formulating a research proposal that arises from their literature studies.
The aims of Research Project 1 are to equip students to undertake:
- Literature and database searching
- Critical analysis
- Identification, conceptualisation and exposition of unsolved problems
- Literature review planning
- Creating and using appropriate images
- Scientific writing and referencing
- Research proposal design
- Critical evaluation and debate
- Effective time management
Students should be able to:
1. Identify and isolate basic scientific, translational, clinical (and where relevant) epidemiological, demographic and social elements of their research problem
2. Synthesise and analyse data and information
3. Show critical thinking capacity, including abstraction, analysis and critical judgement
4. Report on the current status of research in a chosen area
5. Pose a problem, framing it in a fashion that is amenable to solution
6. Command an appropriate battery of communication skills - written and spoken word, images and electronic media - to engage in constructive dialogue with peers and supervisor
7. Use effective word processing and reference manager software
8. Use library, electronic and online resources
9. Develop appropriate illustrative materials for a report
10. Create a written presentation using language appropriate to a specialist readership
11. Collect and integrate evidence to formulate and test a research hypothesis
12. Plan time effectively, apportioning appropriate energy to literature research and writing while undertaking other essential course activities
13. Meet agreed informal and formal deadlines for writing assignments
Knowledge and understanding/ Intellectual skills
14. identify and isolate basic scientific, translational, clinical, (and where relevant) epidemiological, demographic and social elements of their research problem
15. undertake background work to provide themselves with the intellectual foundations for a full understanding of their chosen area, especially where interdisciplinarity demands a wider frame of reference than former training might have required
16. report on the current status of research in a chosen area
17. use effective word processing
18. use library, electronic and online resources
19. use reference manager software
20. develop appropriate illustrative materials for a report
- Critical Evaluation
- Experience of devising and preparing research proposals
Teaching and learning methods
The learner will have regular (every 2 weeks) consultations with a supervisor starting with a project orientation meeting and starter references.
The learner will have regular informal contacts with research staff with overlapping interests, identified by the supervisor to build a research network.
The learner will receive training in critical evaluation of published work, and locating the edge of current knowledge, informed by unit 2 of the programme so that their inquisition transforms from
‘I don’t understand this’ to ‘ the answer is not known’, leading to the identification of an important unsolved problem to focus the literature review and research proposal. The learner receives training in project design and formulation of hypothesis in close consultation with supervisor - on-line guidelines with constructive feedback on their work.
|Written assignment (inc essay)
The literature review and research proposal are equally weighted and both contribute 50% towards the final mark for this unit. Literature review – 7,500 words. Project proposal – 2,000 words.
Formative feedback is provided by a supervisor for both the literature review and research proposal on:
- a detailed plan
- a one page excerpt of the report for academic writing style
- a single full draft of the report
Submitted reports will be annotated by assessors and detailed summative feedback given on the marksheet.
Will be provided to the students as soon as the unit starts.
|Scheduled activity hours
|Work based learning
|Independent study hours