Core Module Information
Module title: Research Skills

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC11107
Module leader: Catharina Alam
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The module will include an overview of the research process including hypothesis and research question design and the role of the research literature as evidence to assist in the development of research ideas relevant to practice. You will also learn about analysis and interpretation of data and how to ensure data generated is robust and scientifically valid and will explore aspects related to the importance of research governance and ethics in research design. You will gain practice in scientific writing and have the opportunity to develop a research proposal designed to tackle a specific scientific problem in your field of study. You will learn about some of the tools used in research in the fields of biology and chemistry, and how the research process links across multiple disciplines to solve specific scientific challenges, by gaining an appreciation of how this works in the real world using examples from current research. You will also have an opportunity to develop your skills in the laboratory through hands on practical experience.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critically understand the research process and how this can be applied in the context of your studies but also in the wider world of scientific research.

LO2: Appraise and critically review research literature to support the design and analysis of specific hypotheses, research questions and concepts related to specific problems in your field of study to enable the production of a scientific report and a lay summary of the information.

LO3: Understand and be able to critique the tools used in modern scientific research, and the requirement for integrated approaches to solving scientific problems.

LO4: Using your knowledge of the research process, plan a scientific investigation and develop a proposal which sets out a plan for how to investigate a scientific problem, including selection of appropriate methods (including statistics) for data analysis of complex data.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Catharina Alam
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 19
Independent Learning Guided independent study 147
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,2 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Laboratory report 60 3,4 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MIC11107 Research Skills