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Specialisation Project

Title
Specialisation Project
Semester
E2022
Master programme in
Mathematical Bioscience
Type of activity

Project

Teaching language
English
Study regulation

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REGISTRATION AND STUDY ADMINISTRATIVE
Registration

Sign up for study activities at stads selvbetjening within the announced registration period, as you can see on the Studyadministration homepage.

Registration for project-exam: Please remember to confirm your registration by signing up for exam as a group when the group formation is final. The registration is through stads selvbetjening

When signing up for study activities, please be aware of potential conflicts between study activities or exam dates.

The planning of activities at Roskilde University is based on the recommended study programs which do not overlap. However, if you choose optional courses and/or study plans that goes beyond the recommended study programs, an overlap of lectures or exam dates may occur depending on which courses you choose.

Number of participants
ECTS
15
Responsible for the activity
Jesper Schmidt Hansen (jschmidt@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Jesper Schmidt Hansen (jschmidt@ruc.dk)
Teachers
Study administration
INM Studieadministration (inm-studieadministration@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
U60170
ACADEMIC CONTENT
Overall objective

The overall purpose of the project is that the student specialises in a concrete competence, obtain specific skills, and/or make preparatory studies for the thesis project.

Detailed description of content

The specialisation project allows the student to obtain a specific skill, and/or make preparatory studies for the thesis project.

The skill can, for example, be in-depth knowledge in the history of science in a specific exemplary topic, an in-depth knowledge, ability to reflect on and apply one or more specific biological laboratory techniques, in-depth knowledge about an advanced mathematical analysis methods, and/or highly specialized numerical methods.

Course material and Reading list

The project curriculum will vary depending on the project theme and specific research question. Relevant literature, software code, lab methods, and so forth are discussed with the supervisor.

Overall plan and expected work effort

The project is worth 15 ECTS points (405 hours).

The following are based on estimates and will vary significantly depending on the specific project:

  • Semesterstart and group formation: ~10 hours

  • Project-formulation and presentation seminars: 2-4 hours

  • Supervision: 15 - 25 hours

  • Project work: ~350-380 hours

  • Exam: 30 min

Format
Evaluation and feedback

All projects’ processes will include ongoing dialogue-based (oral) evaluation between the students and the supervisor. Both students and supervisors are expected to provide constructive feedback and viewpoints during the process. Feedback concerning the academic content and progression, process and collaboration.

Every other year when the projects are handed in, there will also be an evaluation through a questionnaire in SurveyXact. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the head of study.

Furthermore, students can, in accordance with RUCs ‘feel free to state your views’ strategy through their representatives at the study board, send evaluations, comments or insights from their project process to the study board during or after the project process.

Programme

At the beginning of the semester the students will form groups defined by a theme or research question of their choosing. This choice can be facilitated by the supervisors or originate from the students.

The study activity is based around PPL, where the group work independently and critically with the topic. This includes finding, reading, and understanding relevant literature, having regular productive group meetings, propose relevant scientific methods, models, or/and analysis that can lead to an answer to the research question, composing text for the final project project, and more.

The project students agree with the supervisor on a regular meeting schedule; in order for the meetings to be fruitful the students must have an agenda and be well prepared for each meeting.

ASSESSMENT
Overall learning outcomes

After the project the student will be able to

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge in the history of science in a specific exemplary topic within biology, mathematics, and/or integrated science (reflection variant) OR

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge, ability to reflect on and apply one or more specific biological laboratory techniques, specific advanced mathematical analysis methods, and/or highly specialized numerical methods AND/OR

  • perform critical analysis and reflect on the usage of results from complex/large data set provided by student’s own laboratory work or data from the literature AND/OR

  • perform critical analysis and reflect on the usage of results from one or more mechanism-based mathematical models describing a biological system as an example of a general system in natural science.

  • independently formulate a research problem/hypothesis based on relevant literature, organize, and manage project/group work.

  • communicate the conclusion from the research question in a clear, concise, and reflected manner

Form of examination
Oral project exam in groups with individual assessment.


Permitted group size: 2-7 students.

The character limits of the project report are:
For 2 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 3 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 5 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 6 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 7 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, summary, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The project report must include a summary in English, that is part of the assessment.

Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment is for:
2 students: 60 minutes.
3 students: 75 minutes.
4 students: 90 minutes.
5 students: 105 minutes.
6 students: 120 minutes.
7 students: 135 minutes.

Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment.

Permitted support and preparation materials at the oral exam: All

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Same form as the ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Oral project exam in groups with individual assessment. The students begin the exam with a presentation with a duration of 8-10 min. each on a topic related to the project. After the presentation there will be a dialogue between the students, supervisor and co-assessor, specific questions may be asked to individual students.

The assessment criteria of the written part

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge in the history of science in a specific exemplary topic within biology, mathematics, and/or integrated science (reflection variant) OR

    • demonstrate in-depth knowledge, ability to reflect on and apply one or more specific biological laboratory techniques, specific advanced mathematical analysis methods, and/or highly specialized numerical methods AND/OR

    • perform critical analysis and reflect on the usage of results from complex/large data set provided by student’s own laboratory work or data from the literature AND/OR

    • perform critical analysis and reflect on the usage of results from one or more mechanism-based mathematical models describing a biological system as an example of a general system in natural science.

    • independently formulate a research problem/hypothesis based on relevant literature, organize, and manage project/group work.

    • communicate the conclusion from the research question in a clear, concise, and reflected manner

The assessment of the oral exam is based on the student’s ability to meet the criteria mentioned above and their ability to

  • clearly present and communicate the scientific content of the project

  • engage in a scientific dialogue and discussion with the supervisor and co assessor

Furthermore, whether the performance meets all formal requirements in regard to both for the written and oral exam

  • The project report must include a summary in English, that is part of the assessment.

  • Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60170
Last changed 16/05/2022

lecture list:

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Thursday 01-09-2022 09:15 - 01-09-2022 10:00 in week 35
Specialisation Project - Intro (Mathbio)

Thursday 01-09-2022 11:15 - 01-09-2022 13:00 in week 35
Specialisation Project - Forum 1 (Mathbio)

Friday 02-09-2022 09:15 - 02-09-2022 10:00 in week 35
IMFUFA Breakfast (canteen in building 27)

Friday 02-09-2022 10:15 - 02-09-2022 12:00 in week 35
Specialisation Project - Forum 2 (Mathbio)

Friday 02-09-2022 12:30 - 02-09-2022 14:00 in week 35
Study Start event at Department of Science & Environment

Monday 05-09-2022 12:15 - 05-09-2022 14:00 in week 36
Specialisation Project - Forum 3 (Mathbio)

Wednesday 07-09-2022 12:15 - 07-09-2022 14:00 in week 36
Specialisation Project - Forum 4 (Mathbio)

Wednesday 07-09-2022 14:00 - 07-09-2022 16:00 in week 36
Specialisation Project - IMFUFA seminar (Mathbio)

Wednesday 05-10-2022 14:00 - 05-10-2022 16:00 in week 40
Specialisation Project - Problem formulation seminar (Mathbio)

Tuesday 20-12-2022 10:00 - 20-12-2022 10:00 in week 51
Specialisation Project - Hand-in of project

Monday 16-01-2023 08:15 - Tuesday 31-01-2023 18:00 in week 03 to week 05
Specialisation Project - Project examination

Wednesday 01-02-2023 08:15 - Tuesday 28-02-2023 18:00 in week 05 to week 09
Specialisation Project - Project reexamination