DEV3990 - Action in developmental biology research project - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Robert De Matteo

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2017 (Day)


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in Developmental Biology. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology. Students will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, will complete a final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work. Students will also undertake an informal written open-book exam comprising 3 brief essays based on weekly tutorials.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a research project with regard to ethical and safety regulations;
  2. Demonstrate technical skills in experimental methods and the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data using methods relevant to the discipline of Anatomy and Developmental biology;
  3. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and students;
  4. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of experimental procedures, results and outcomes;
  5. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the discipline Anatomy and Developmental biology;
  6. Construct written reports.


Two oral reports (preliminary 15 minutes 10% and final 15 minutes 10%): 20%

  • Written report (preliminary 1000 words): 10%
  • Written report (final 5000 words): 50% (Hurdle)
  • Assessment of laboratory work: 20%

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in the discipline area at 2nd year level and by permission of the Unit Convenor or the Head of Department.