APS 227 Biology Projects

Level 2
Semester 2
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites APS 118 or APS135 and APS 240
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff Dr Jonathan Graves, Dr Louise Heaton
Co-ordinator Dr Jonathan Graves
Restrictions Not available to Ecology students


This unit aims to develop relevant biological experimental design skills using simple examples of the student's own choice, to foster team working, and to provide experience of project synthesis in the form of an individual written report and group oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate general skills in basic experimental design, project management and data interpretation, team working, written project reporting and synthesis and group oral presentation. Discussions with staff will allow critical examination of project ideas and hypotheses, giving the student first hand experience of phases of research project development. Devising and refining data collection methods, the application of different data analysis techniques, and the presentation of the data as an oral and written synopsis are undertaken with guidance from staff available, but with an emphasis on self development and team working.


The key unique feature of this module is that you, in a group of 4 students, identify and explore a biological question of your own. You are then guided through the scientific method in order to generate predictions, design methods of data collection that allow you to test the predictions, analyse your data and finally present your project both as a Powerpoint presentation and as a written report.

Delivery Method: Laboratory and IT sessions

Student Contact Hours: 26

Assessment Method: Written report, oral presentation.

Feedback: Students will receive frequent feedback during the practical and verbal feedback on the quality of their presentations. Students will also received written feedback on their reports after marking.

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