Aims/Description: Students will undertake a single research project in addition of a placement of approximately 3 weeks in another collaborating laboratory within CIMA. Projects will offer diverse experiences in research techniques and methods in the area of musculoskeletal science and ageing. The choice of project rests with the student. The project is intended to allow students to perform cutting edge research in an active research environment. This module will also include a training needs analysis (TNA) with the supervisors and the academic tutor (plus the industrial mentor if the student has requested one) and based on this will identify training activities (from a wide ranges of workshops, seminars, and units available within CIMA). The expected training activities should be equivalent approximately to 200 hours of study time and will be assessed through an e-portfolio. The TNA will help the student develop an optimal range of complementary skills(including flexibility, networking, intersectorial knowledge, self-management and understanding of career development strategies) and be prepared to make an informed choice about future career directions and/or help them progress within their chosen career.

Teaching Methods: The content of this module will be delivered through a blend of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Lectures (11) will be used to present in detail, the basis of all physiological processes from pre-conception through to implantation and embryonic development (learning outcomes 1-4). Seminars (5) will also be used to deliver the most up-to-date information on topics that are relatively new, specialist or controversial (all learning outcomes). Students will gain first-hand practical experience of in vitro fertilisation in domestic animals in a series of laboratory classes, which will build on knowledge gained from the taught (lecture and seminar) material (learning outcomes 1-4). Students will also be introduced to clinical embryology through supervised observational and discussion sessions in an assisted conception unit (learning outcomes 4-6).
Assessment: Course work, Presentation, Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Oncology and Metabolism):

Teaching timetable


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