BIOL07008 2019 Research Development and Communication for Biomedical Science

General Details

Full Title
Research Development and Communication for Biomedical Science
Transcript Title
Research Development and Commu
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Subject Area
BIOL - Biology
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
James Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_SBIOM_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science SG_SMEDI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology SG_SBIOS_H08 202300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science

Learners will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the research environment and methods of dissemination and communication in academia and industry. This will include: research development; design; literature searches; peer review and scientific communication  through written and oral media. Upon module completion students will be equipped with the core principles of basic research methodology design and implementation.  Students will also learn of the regulatory bodies whose remit includes the licensing and regulation of research and biomedical product development and will be able to disseminate information accurately and appropriately.

Learning Outcomes

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


Communicate with scientific peers effectively through written and oral media


Develop competency in a scientific interview environment


Understand the process and the  principles of research design and execution in the context of biomedical science


Design logical and defensible basic research strategies and appropriate data collection regimes


Search and review scientific literature effectively and understand the process of peer review


Know the basics of the rules and regulations governing research


Understand the concepts of innovation, intellectual property and patenting

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will learn in the classroom, as well as through self-directed learning through literature searches and structured oral presentation of scientific information

Module Assessment Strategies

Progress and learning in this module will be evaluated by means of continuous assessment only. This will include both written and oral communication skills. Written assignments will evaluate students understanding of research design and literature searching.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessment will involve the re-submission or re-participation in any CA where the student did not achieve a pass grade

Indicative Syllabus

Principles of effective scientific research and  communication

Scientific communications 1: Interview preparation and performance

Scientific communications 2: Oral and written delivery of scientific material

Research design processes and principles

Literature searching and peer review process

Introduction to the regulations and regulators of research

Intellectual Property and Innovation

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Oral Exam Coursework Assessment Interview 20 % Week 3 1,2
2 Presentation Coursework Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % Week 6 1,3,4,5
3 Written Report Coursework Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 12 1,5,6,7
4 MCQ Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 20 % End of Semester 1,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Flat Classroom Mock Interviews 4 Twice Per Semester 0.53
Problem Based Learning Library Research Proposal 20 Once Per Semester 1.33
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-directed study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.87 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Research methods for science     by Michael P Marder.

Design of studies for medical research      by David Machin and Michael J. Campbell.

The craft of scientific communication      by Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross.

Journal Resources

URL Resources

Other Resources


Additional Information