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BIOT8009 - Research Management

Title:Research Management
Long Title:Research Mgmt & Innovation
Module Code:BIOT8009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Biotechnology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: This module is designed to develop project planning, management and implementation skills on a number of levels. In particular, students will learn how to develop innovative thinking, and employ project management skills including statistical principles related to biological research.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply the scientific principle using a hypothesis type approach, and develop management based skills relevant to biological projects including reporting and presentation of data
LO2 Apply creative and innovative thinking to scientific problems
LO3 Perform statistical analysis on a range of scientific experimental data
LO4 Use library and web based resources to access and compile scientific information related to a specific subject matter
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Scientific Principle and hypothesis based research
An explanation of the scientific principle and examples of its application in evidence based research
Creative and Innovative thinking
An exploration of the creative thinking process and the application of innovative ideas in science
An explanation of the principles of statistics and a detailed overview of their application in a scientific context
Reporting and data gathering
An overview of the resources available to compile and organize scientific data in a logical manner
Scientific publishing
An explanation of the "peer review" process and the importance of scientific metrics such as impact factors, h indices etc. Students will also learn how to prepare a scientific publication and differentiate between the different types of scientific literature
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation An assessment of the student's ability to retrieve, record and present scientific data, to perform statistical calculations and to evaluate experimental data 1,2,3,4 60.0 Every Second Week
Project Team based project which will allow the student to research a specific area and apply for "virtual research funding" in an area of relevance to biological sciences. Example could include a new product, a new method, a new assay etc. 1,2,3,4 40.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture academic content and case studies 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time allocated for independent and group work 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Alan J. Rowe, 2004, Creative Intelligence [ISBN: 0138157928]
  • John W Creswell 2013, Research Design, SAGE Publications [ISBN: 978-145226101]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams 2008, The craft of research, University of Chicago Press Chicago [ISBN: 978-0226065663]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Dr Jim O'Mahony 2011, . Lysins to kill - A tale of viral weapons of mass destruction., Bioengineered, Nov 1;2(6)
  • Dr James Carroll & Dr Jim O'Mahony 2011, Anti-mycobacterial peptides: Made to order with delivery included, Bioengineered, Sep 1;2(5):241-6
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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