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BS341-24 Research Project

Life Sciences
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Lorenzo Frigerio
Credit value
Module duration
6 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

BS341-24 Research Project

Module web page

Module aims

The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to utilise the research and evaluation skills developed throughout years 1,2,and 3 in order to produce a substantial piece of research.

  • Students complete a seminar based on their research project aimed at an educated lay audience.

  • Students complete a research project which includes:

  1. A high quality scientific literature review of their chosen research field.
  2. Critical appraisal of source material- (including use of statistical knowledge covered during Year 1, 2 and 3 to appraise and evaluate published data)
  3. Construction of scientific arguments based on multiple sources
  4. Production of a scientific abstract
  5. Production of a discussion and conclusion which include evidence of independent thought and reasoning
  6. Evidence of reflective practice (in the form of a longitudinal project diary).
Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • On completing this module, students will be able to:LO1: Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic
  • LO2: Research and present an oral seminar presentation on the project topic
  • LO3: Identify and appraise relevant scientific literature using on-line literature search engines, relate this to appropriate methodologies and draw appropriate conclusions
  • LO4: Critically review relevant research papers
  • LO5: Demonstrate core statistical understanding, through evaluation of published scientific data and/or datasets given at the start of the project or produced during the project
  • LO6: Effectively construct scientific results and arguments, using multiple sources
Subject specific skills


Transferable skills


Study time

Type Required
Lectures 2 sessions of 1 hour (1%)
Private study 238 hours (99%)
Total 240 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Essay/Coursework 100%
Feedback on assessment



This module is Core for:

  • Year 3 of UBSA-C700 Undergraduate Biochemistry
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A2 Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio)
  • Year 4 of UBSA-C701 Undergraduate Biochemistry (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A6 Undergraduate Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
    • Year 3 of C100 Biological Sciences
    • Year 3 of C102 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology
    • Year 3 of C103 Biological Sciences with Environmental Resources
    • Year 3 of C104 Biological Sciences with Microbiology
    • Year 3 of C105 Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics
    • Year 3 of C107 Biological Sciences with Virology
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A1 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio)
  • UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C111 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C101 Biological Sciences with Intercalated Year
    • Year 4 of C109 Biological Sciences with Microbiology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C108 Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics ( with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C110 Biological Sciences with Virology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C521 Microbiology and Virology with Intercalated Year
    • Year 4 of C523 Virology (with intercalated year)
  • Year 4 of ULFA-C113 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Placement Year)
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A5 Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 3 of UBSA-C1B9 Undergraduate Biomedical Science
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A3 Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio)
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A7 Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 4 of UBSA-CB19 Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Intercalated Year