module specification

PR3P51 - Foundation Year Project (Biosciences) (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Foundation Year Project (Biosciences)
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 136
100 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
24 hours Guided independent study
12 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Reflective essay
Coursework 75%   Final dissemination
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

The aim of this module is to help you gain knowledge and understanding of your subject area, and will allow you to develop skills which will be of use at higher levels.   You will be conducting research into a topic relating to your course title, and to report your findings accordingly. The overall aim of this module is to provide you with fundamental subject-specific knowledge and relevant skills.

Prior learning requirements

Prerequisite: None
Study Abroad: No


  • Subject-specific information relating to your topic (LO 1)
  • research methods and resources (LO 1)
  • technical and transferable skills (LO 2)
  • preparing to disseminate your findings (LO 1,3)
  • referencing (LO 1, 3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will be provided with a topic to work on, and will be briefed on research methods, resources, how to reference sources, plagiarism, ultimately leading to students being fully prepared to report their findings in a professional manner. (12h).  They will also have an opportunity to reflect on the process, and on the skills they acquire and develop as they progress. They will be working independently of scheduled teaching activity for a significant portion of the module, reporting to their supervisors regularly (124h).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Research and collect information on a specific scientific topic and, working with your supervisor, use this to plan a programme of work directed to a specific aim.

2. Critically reflect upon how the experience relates to your personal, career and academic development, particularly with regard to the development of technical and transferable skills.

3. Present your findings in an appropriate scientific form.

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed by means of two coursework components; a reflective essay (500 words; 25%) and a final dissemination (1500 words) (75%).

To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.


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