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Research Experimental Project

Course Details

Course/Module Code





20-21 Accredited 30 credits



20-21 Non-Accredited 30 credits



Course Dates

Under the start date is shown: all attendance days and Apply for this course.




Summative assessment will be in four parts:

A1 - Reflective Work-Based Skills Portfolio
You will be required to produce an evidence-based, reflective work-based portfolio detailing your engagement with the skills required for work-based learning as an integral part of your degree studies.

The portfolio should reflect on work based transferable skills acquired/learned such as aspects of team work and leadership, personal time management and responsibilities, communication skills, other presentational skills and general attitude towards employment together with a current curriculum vitae with evidenced completed application for employment paperwork. Submission of the portfolio will be online via an appropriate web based submission form.

A2 = Progression report, which include 'scene setting' background, aims and approaches and elements of Research Governance.

A3 - Research Journal Paper, which will include background, methods, data presentation and discussion and conclusions.

A4- Poster presentation and oral defence of a poster.

All assessments will be expected to be referenced appropriately.

You are encouraged to seek advice from your supervisor on all aspects of the assessments for formative feedback.

You will be encouraged to gain summative feedback through the submission of a 'Progression Report' which is expected to inform the summative Research Journal Paper. The progression report should include background, aims and approaches and elements of Research Governance. The progression report should also include a timeline of research activity and this can be generated as a research diary (e.g. a blog) or as a Gantt chart, as appropriate to the project.

Further details of this feedback opportunity will be available in the module handbook.




Careers/further study

This module can contribute to the following:

Biological Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences Clinical
Wildlife and Conservation Sciences
Forensics Sciences


The project may be based on a laboratory, fieldwork, communicative or survey investigation.

You will be required to undertake an individual piece of research. This should include a review of the literature which forms the background to the project, and then an element of information gathering, either through use of lab/field work, survey-based work and use of further literature. Information obtained will need to be analysed in a suitable manner. Background, aims and objectives, and findings will need to be presented for assessment. It is expected that you will be able to discuss your work in a critical way, both in written and oral formats.

You will be encouraged to work towards and submit a summative "progression report" which will inform both their summative research journal paper, and your poster with oral defence.
Where appropriate part-time students in full-time employment may carry out research for their project at their place of work and the project topic must be approved by the UWE Bristol internal supervisor.

You are encouraged to seek advice from your supervisor with regard to what constitutes suitable work-based learning experience and appropriate reflection in order to meet the requirements of the reflective work-based skills portfolio.

Course Director

Dr Chris Moore


On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the research/information-gaining process.
  • Understand and engage with relevant research governance.
  • Develop further their investigative skills.
  • Master the organisational challenge of research/information-gathering processes within time constraints.
  • Apply skills in data analysis (as appropriate) in order to test hypotheses.
  • Critically evaluate their findings/creations.
  • Put their work and findings in the context of the work of others.
  • Communicate their work to others by a variety of methods, including both written and oral.
  • Demonstrate learning and understanding of, and engagement with, the skills and attributes required to maintain a position of employment and to act effectively and progress within a work based team environment.

Key Facts

Modules can be offered either individually or collectively if you have had your first degree evaluated by the IBMS and require further Top-up studies in order to complete the educational requirement for IBMS accreditation.

Learning and Teaching

You will be required to produce a project "Progression Report" in a prescribed format once the topic has been agreed with your supervisor. Your supervisor, and if appropriate technical and research staff, will be available regularly to instruct and support you in the necessary techniques for the work. You will be expected to work conscientiously and with due consideration of safety and ethical issues. Full use will be made of the library for literature searching and referencing.

There will be no supervision available for the period from the summer assessment period to the re-sit assessment period to enable you to undertake laboratory and field work.

All assessment criteria against which the assessed elements of the module will be judged will be given to you at the beginning of the academic session as part of the module handbook (which will be available on Blackboard).

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