BIO09075 2019 BioProcesssing Thesis

General Details

Full Title
BioProcesssing Thesis
Transcript Title
BioProcesssing Thesis
Code
BIO09075
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
Department
LIFE - Life Sciences
Level
09 - NFQ Level 9
Credit
60 - 60 Credits
Duration
Stage
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
James Brennan, Mary Butler, Sharon Barrett, Paul Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_SBIPR_M09 201900 Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Processing
Description

The research project will allow the learner to investigate a real-life professional area of interest, using knowledge skills and competencies acquired at earlier stages of the master’s Programme, to research an area deemed appropriate by an academic Supervisor.  The project may take the form of a work-based or laboratory-based project, to address challenges faced by Industry; creating new problem diagnoses, designs, or system insights that contribute to professional practice.  Learners will examine and define the issues/research question, critically review existing literature, select and execute appropriate methodologies, analyse data, evaluate findings critically and draw justifiable conclusions, demonstrating self-direction and originality of thought. The learner will be allocated a supervisor who will advise on the direction of the work based on the results presented to them. Throughout the period of research, the learner is encouraged to network with other researchers in academia and industry and to disseminate their research findings in oral and written format to both academic and professional audiences. The work will cumulate with the submission of a research thesis and a viva voce.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Manage an independent research project with a support structure in place for supervision.

2.

Source and critically evaluate academic literature (and literature from a wide variety of other sources) to draw inferences from this body of knowledge to conduct an extensively focused literature review.

3.

Develop and justify a coherent research proposal with an acceptable research question or hypothesis.

4.

Conduct the project by selecting and applying appropriate research methodology and analysing the data according to accepted models of analysis. Sustain from the evidence obtained, a reasoned argument and draw consistent and coherent conclusions from the research evidence.

5.

Reflect self‑critically and express the relevance and significance of the outcomes/conclusions of the enquiry and on the research process itself. 

6.

Write a thesis which meets postgraduate standards of technical expertise investigating the subject area or testing the hypothesis outlined in the research proposal.

7.

Develop professional practice skills including time-management, scientific writing and oral communication skills.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The thesis is an independent research project that will involve self‑directed learning. This is a learner‑centered approach, where the learner will assume the responsibility for learning. Students will manage their time effectively to ensure that they maintain contact with their supervisor while also completing their project work. Regular meetings with their supervisor will engage the student in discussion which will deepen their learning and motivation. These meetings will help the students to maintain focus and challenge them on hypothesis and approaches to their experimental design and implementation. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of research data and the presentation of research outcomes in the format of thesis, presentation and viva.

Module Assessment Strategies

A thesis of 25,000 to 30,000 thousand words must be successfully completed for award of the M.Sc. thesis. Ongoing assessment of the project will be via; assessment of project plan, project work, presentations, final thesis and viva.

Repeat Assessments

The repeat assessment strategy will be dependent on overall grades and will be decided and documented at the Progression and Award Boards, but it will be most likely consist of both oral and written submission. Any repeat submission is capped at 40%.

Module Dependencies

Co-requisites
Research Methods

Indicative Syllabus

LO1) Manage an independent research project with a support structure in place for supervision.

Students will be expected to manage the research project (execute relevant experimentation where appropriate, analysis, conclusions and thesis preparation) combining independent study with support from supervisor(s).

LO2) Source and critically evaluate academic literature (and literature from a wide variety of other sources) to draw inferences from this body of knowledge to conduct an extensively focused literature review.

Students are expected to critically review key literature relevant to their chosen research area. They are expected to present and argue literature which clearly demonstrates increased knowledge and expertise in their fields, and where appropriate informs the development of further stages of their research project.

LO3) Develop and justify a coherent research proposal with an acceptable research question or hypothesis.

Students will demonstrate and defend why they have chosen a topic, research process and format and submit a project proposal to the supervisor.

LO4) Conduct the project by selecting and applying appropriate research methodology and analysing the data according to accepted models of analysis. Sustain from the evidence obtained, a reasoned argument and draw consistent and coherent conclusions from the research evidence.

Paradigms of enquiry, methodologies, methods of data collection, data analysis, tools and techniques are dependent on the project but must demonstrate clear relevancy to the research chosen. Students must be able to justify and clearly articulate these decisions, as the best fit for their research project. Explaining how chosen techniques are used to create, interpret and present knowledge.

LO5) Reflect self‑critically and express the relevance and significance of the outcomes/conclusions of the enquiry and on the research process itself. 

Students completed work will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competency that are required for a level nine award in this area.

LO6) Write a thesis which meets postgraduate standards of technical expertise investigating the subject area or testing the hypothesis outlined in the research proposal.

The thesis will be presented and published in a manner appropriate to this award level e.g. Submission of thesis (25.000 to 30.000 thousand words). typed, bound and it must adhere to IT Sligo`s Research Ethics Policy and Procedure 

The thesis will be dual graded by the internal supervisor and another examiner.

LO7) Develop professional practice skills including time-management, scientific writing and oral communication

Students will arrange regular meetings with Supervisors and provide up-dates of their work. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of research data and the presentation of research outcomes in the format of thesis and other oral or written formats. A viva voce will be undertaken by the student, allowing them to present and defend their work to examiners. Students must demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of their research project. Questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence in familiar and unfamiliar areas.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
%
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
%

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Thesis Proposal Project Written Report 5 % Week 4 1,2,3
2 Thesis Final Report Project Individual Project 65 % End of Semester 4,5,6,7
3 Thesis Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
4 Thesis Continuous Assessment Interview 20 % End of Semester 4,5,6,7

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Offsite Professional Practice - practical work 600 Once Per Module 20.00
Directed Learning Offsite Independent Study- Literature searches 600 Once Per Module 20.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 40.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

as per moodle page

Journal Resources

as per moodle page

URL Resources

as per moodle page

Other Resources

Module Resources:

This is project dependent, students will be guided by supervisor.

Additional Workload: Total 1200 hours

Professional Practice, at 600 hours, The individual research project component takes place part-time in a laboratory/work based environment over a 1-2 year period.

Independent Study, at 600 hours, Literature and database searches, Dissertation preparation, Research Paper or Poster or Presentation and viva.

Additional Information

Specialised training may be required dependent on the project if so the supervisor and student will negotiate this requirement. The student will be advised about the necessity of obtaining ethical approval for the research project.