Co-requisites: MED6950

Aims/Description: This unit aims to establish a broad understanding of the general research skills that are considered necessary in the research environment of students studying in the Medical School, and to provide our postgraduates with the skills required during and after completion of their PhD studies. These skills include the completion of safety training, attendance at Postgraduate Induction Course (PIC) sessions, upkeep and precise dating of experiments in official University of Sheffield laboratory notebooks (including sign off by supervisor), training needs analyses/learning plans and the preparation and delivery of an oral presentation to fellow postgraduates and School of Medicine academics. In particular, an awareness of, and evidence of interaction with, the Pebble Pad e-Portfolio software, for storage of material relating to the DDP, laboratory talks and supervisory meetings is expected. This unit runs alongside MED6950, which comprises a formal Literature Review completed in the first 3 months of the PhD programme.

Staff Contact: Jodie Burnham
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Lab work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease):

Teaching timetable


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