Research Project (CSC4020)

Module status - Discontinued
Module description status - Inactive
Credits - 45
College code - EMS
Academic year - 2020/1

Module staff

Duration (weeks) - term 1


Duration (weeks) - term 2


Duration (weeks) - term 3


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This is the final year research project module builds on the skills you have learnt in the previous years. It will  stimulate your interest and knowledge in biomedical and clinical science with the main component of the module being an independent research project. Your research will take the form of EITHER one, 20-week research-based project (Research Project) (assessed by one 6000 word report) OR two, 10-week narrative literature review (NLR) projects (EACH assessed by a 6000 word report). These independent research projects will give you an insight into the world of research in clinical science. Research could include obtaining and/or analysing data in a laboratory or clinical research setting; bioinformatic analysis of unpublished or published data; performing a systematic literature review or, a narrative review of published literature, The module will consolidate your developing skills in collection, interpretation, formulation and presentation of evidence; and enhance your leadership and personal reflective behaviours and employment skills. 

Module aims

This module seeks to develop your ability to conduct and report scientific research within the Clinical Science discipline. It also aims to consolidate student reflective behaviours and employment skills.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in key biomedical and/or clinical science techniques.
  • 2. Apply skills of critical thinking, problem-formulation, problem-solving, and rigorous scientific data /information analysis to biomedical and/or clinical science practice.
  • 3. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of essential facts and theory in a research discipline related to biomedical and/or clinical science.
  • 4. Describe and critically evaluate aspects of current research in biomedical and/or clinical science with reference to research articles.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Demonstrate professional competence in communicating effectively with healthcare professionals
  • 6. Understand the expected performance standards in relation to scientific probity, multidisciplinary team-based practice and recognise personal levels of professional scientific competence.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Manage time, workload, ambiguity, change and stress effectively and demonstrate effective personal development planning, based on self-awareness and reflection
  • 8. Understand and apply key skills of effective project management and leadership
  • 9. Use employability skills to improve competitiveness in future job applications

Syllabus plan


Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:


Preliminary planning for the project takes place in Year 2 or the Professional Training Year (PTY), whichever appropriate. In the final year, project work will normally be undertaken in the Autumn and Spring terms and the written final reports are normally due in either the Spring term (Research Project) or in Autumn and Spring terms (Dissertation). 


Supervisory meetings are held by arrangement, with students entitled to at least 30 minutes of supervisory time per week. Three formal, documented meetings of project student and supervisor take place. 

Career development and employability skills will be discussed (e.g. CV consolidation and interview techniques) with Personal Tutor. 


Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Project work: Supervisor meetings for guidance on project development, implementation, data analysis and interpretation.
Guided independent study420Other project-related work including: Formative project proposal writing, project report writing, data collection and analysis, literature research, preparation for supervisor meetings, oral presentation preparation, preparation of the E-Portfolio and other guided independent study.
Guided independent study6Keeping E-Portfolio and APPLE form up to date.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Academic tutor meetings: • To discuss the Academic, Personal & Professional Learning Evaluation (APPLE) Form development of skills required for successful completion of final year • To discuss the E-portfolio • To discuss employment/future study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written Preliminary Project proposal Project proposal 500 words (within first 4 weeks of project)1-5Written and verbal
Personal and key skills feedback from peers, project supervisor and research colleagues and Academic Tutor as appropriate.100-200 words1-8Written and verbal
Provider feedbackOn 10% of draft written research project report/dissertation, equivalent to 600 words1-6Written or verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written reports - Either: a) 1 x Research Project report OR b) 2x Narrative literature review (NLR) Term 1 NLR (30% of credit) Term 2NLR (40% of credit)70a) 6,000 words b) 2 x 6,000 words1-6Written
Presentation - 1x Oral presentation (10min) + Q&As 2010 min5Written
Professionalism Component - encompassing the following elements: a) 1x Research Project or NLR supervisor student performance judgements (5%) b) Professionalism Award Assessment (2.5%) c) E-Portfolio (2.5%)10Completed APPLE form. Electronic folder containing experiences, feedback and assessment results.a) 1-8 b) 7-9 c) 7-9Verbal and/or written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Reports a) 1 x 6000 Research Project (70%) b) 2x Narrative literature reviews (NLR) Term 1 NLR (30%) Term 2 NLR (40%)Written Reports a) Re-submission of the 6000 word Research Project b) Re-submission of failed narrative literature review(s) 1-6By end of ref/def period
Oral presentation(s) (20%)Oral Presentation(s) (10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A)5By end of ref/def period
Professionalism Component (10%)Remediation meeting with academic tutor7-9Early in term 3 (see note)

Re-assessment notes

In the event of you failing the professionalism award assessment component and failing the module overall, you will be required to meet with their Academic Tutor as soon as possible to remediate this failure as a referred assessment. This will involve submitting any outstanding components required for this award, and, if necessary, undertaking any actions required by the Academic Tutor to remediate for any unprofessional behaviour. In the event of you failing the professionalism award component but passing the module overall, you will be required to meet with their academic tutor for an individual meeting to remediate this outcome before the end of the academic year. 

Please also refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral:

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

This will vary according to your specific project, and will be advised by your supervisor and on the project description form

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

This will vary according to your specific project, and will be advised by your supervisor and on the project description form

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

As directed by the supervisor

Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

CSC2014 Principles of Medical Research (previously CSC2003 Principles of Good Clinical Practice and Research)

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

Research, data, analysis, literature, clinical science, biomedical science, independent, evidence, critical appraisal, communication