SCI07017 2016 Biomedical Investigations/Research Project

General Details

Full Title
Biomedical Investigations/Research Project
Transcript Title
Biomedical Investigations
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Subject Area
SCI - Science
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Stephen Daly

Biomedical investigations is about the learners engaging in an independent research project where they use the skills & competencies acquired in the program of study to research/investigate an area of relevance to the Biomedical Sciences.

It also aims to actively engage in practical problem solving and to further develop professional communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

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


Consolidate and extend knowledge of their core academic discipline and its application


Demonstrate knowledge of the work environment in a professional or industrial context


Understand the need for continuous improvement within the work place


Critically reflect upon a problem or opportunity within the work place, and evaluate their own performance and learning within this environment.


Critically reflect upon the planning, development, management and execution of a project using appropriate in investigative approaches.


Demonstrate an ability to relate theory to practice, through solving a work based problem or pursuing an opportunity, and so contributing meaningfully to the employer organisation.


Demonstrate a range of work relate skills demanded by graduate employers


Demonstrate independence and self reliance in the conduct of a work based project


Demonstrate interpersonal skills including communication and teamwork


Demonstrate professional skills appropriate to the work place environment


Demonstrate flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Theory: Developing knowledge of products, processes and systems within a work environment.

Practical: Direct experience of investigative techniques in the solution of a problem or pursuit of an opportunity.

Participation in this module is primarily experiential. Students are initially given information on the requirements of a suitable work based investigative project. Students begin the process of identifying a suitable work based project, with their employer, and then call on their Academic Supervisor to agree feasibility of the project. During the investigative project, students are supervised by a professional/industrialist within their work place and discuss progress/write up of their Project with their Academic Supervisor. In undertaking the Project, students are able to put their academic and industrial training into practice.

Module Assessment Strategies

Academic Supervisors Report will contribute 20% of the module mark.


Coursework 2: Work based Project Supervisor’s Report

Placement Supervisors Report will contribute 20% of the module mark.


Coursework 3: Student Project / Reports

This aspect of the assessment will consist of the following elements: Project write-up; Portfolio of student work; and Project Oral Presentation. Student Project / Reports will contribute 60% of the module mark.

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies

SCI06018 201600 Work Based Learning Project
SCI06018 201600 Work Based Learning Project

Indicative Syllabus

Working within an area of biomedical and bio-industrial sciences, the Module aims are:

  1. To provide students with a meaningful introduction to a work-based investigation;
  2. To stimulate in students the necessary research-related qualities of a questioning approach, confidence, independence and self-discipline;
  3. To guide students towards the making of satisfactory decisions and appropriate conclusions regarding their investigation; and
  4. To promote continuous self-reflection and improvement in students’ work.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Academic Supervision Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10
2 Work based supervisor report Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,11
3 Student Project/Report Project Assignment 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Distance Learning Suite Meetings with Supervisor 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Project preparation 15 Weekly 15.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Online database resources including ABI Global Package, Business Source Premier; PubMed Central, Web of Knowledge: ISI Proceedings, Web of Knowledge: ISI Web of Science.


Students will also be directed to relevant up-to-date literature.