BMB821: Thesis preparation course

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N210016112, N210016102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn, Spring
Level: Master

STADS ID (UVA): N210016101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 12-05-2020


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

01013101 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in BMB or Biomedicine.

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:

  • Have basic knowledge of the research areas at BMB and IMM
  • Be able to independently acquire knowledge within a new field
  • Be able to independently plan the execution of a project, including basic time-management skills as well as risk assessment.
  • Be able to use basic word processing programs and graphical presentation tools
  • Be able to use scientific literature search tools
  • Be able to communicate complex biological problems in a logical and coherent manner

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to introduce the student to a defined research area, whithin which the master thesis will be written.

The course is a self study course with guidance from the putative future master thesis supervisor. During the course the student will write a report covering relevant literature for the future master thesis as well as a research plan for the experimental part of the thesis. The course will ensure that the student is prepared for the coming thesis work, and is settled on the choice of topic and supervisor.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired during bachelor studies in Biochemistry and molecular biology or Biomedicine, and gives an academic basis for carrying out the master thesis project, that are part of the degree.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to enable the student to:

  • understand, and on a scientific basis reflect upon biochemical and molecular biological knowledge as well as identify scientific problems
  • plan scientific projects at a highly academic level, including controlling work and development situations, which are complex, unpredictable and require novel solutions
  • take responsibility for individual academic development and specialisation
  • illustrate stated hypotheses upon a qualified theoretical background, and relate critically to research results and scientific models
  • obtain expert knowledge within a defined research area within the field of biochemistry, molecular biology or biomedicine.
  • obtain knowledge about theories and experimental methods based on the highest level of international research within the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and biomedicine.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • independently formulate and analyse a biochemical or molecular biological problem
  • think, argue and plan a major scientific project that is possible to carry out in practice and that will result in new knowledge in the research area
  • convincingly interpret scientific data and evaluate the strengths and limitations of the proposed methods and use similar or revised methods
  • formulate the project in writing in a clear and mature language using the correct scientific terminology, and demonstrate an extensive overview of the research area

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Literature search and source criticism
  • Research planning
  • Project management, including time management
  • Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of experimental methods
  • Putting scientific results into perspective, including UN sustainability goals
  • Work environment and risk assessment 

Literature

See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Submission of title and name of supervisor no later than 14 days after study start

EKA

N210016112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a)

Exam element a)

Timing

Frist for aflevering af eksamensopgaven er 31. januar for efteråret og 30. juni for foråret.

Deadline for aflevering i reeksamensperioden for vintereksamen er senest den 1. marts. 
Deadline for aflevering i reeksamensperioden for sommereksamen er 31. august.

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam a) N210016101, BMB821: Thesis preparation course

Tests

Individual assignment

EKA

N210016102

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

5

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

5 hours per semester

Teaching Method

The 5 hours of intro phase consists of supervision hours, generally, but not necessarily, with the prospective future master thesis supervisor. Thus, the master thesis supervisor can be different from the thesis preparation course supervisor.

Timetable

23
Monday
01-06-2020
Tuesday
02-06-2020
Wednesday
03-06-2020
Thursday
04-06-2020
Friday
05-06-2020
08 - 09
09 - 10
10 - 11
11 - 12
12 - 13
13 - 14
14 - 15
15 - 16
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Administrative Unit

Biokemi og Molekylær Biologi

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