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Junior Research Project II

Course 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Junior research project I.

Description

The number of ECTS will be between 40.0-55.0

In order to achieve the objectives the student familiarises him/herself with the existing knowledge in the field to which the research question pertains. He/she carries out individual research in order to obtain answers to the research questions and participates as a member of the research team, in the departmental and/or laboratory consultations and in the work discussions.
This research project includes the execution of the research itself and the writing of the report. The stages of planning, preliminary literature research, and writing of a research proposal are subject to Research Proposal (3120322PPY).
Reporting of the results is included in the Master Thesis (3120340PPY), but is assessed in JRP2.

Course objectives

Learning to prepare and conduct a research project and to write a scientific report thereof at the academic Master’s level. In both practical work and writing the student should demonstrate his or her:

  • advanced knowledge and understanding of the field, thus providing a basis and opportunity for originality in developing and applying ideas;
  • problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader contexts;
  • ability to integrate knowledge and to handle complexity;
  • ability to clearly communicate conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underlying these conclusions, to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Mode of instruction

Research internship, including individual preparation and conduct of a research project (design, lab or other analyses, collection and interpretation of data/outcomes, generation of ideas for further research),
At the end of the internship, the student must present and document his/her results both in a written report, which is included in the Master Thesis, and by an oral presentation for the department. Following the internship, the student will also present his/her results in an oral presentation to a lay audience during the graduation ceremony.

Assessment method

The student is assessed on the following aspects:

  • Project activities (knowledge, skills, independence, originality, scientific quality, social skills, motivation)
  • Written report (scientific content; scientific writing skills)
  • Oral presentation (content/structure, presentation skills)

Research Proposal (3120322PPY) and Master Thesis (3120340PPY) are assessed separately.
More detailed information on the assessment can be obtained through the assessment forms available through LUMC’s educational webpages.

Remarks

JRP-II needs be approved beforehand by the examination board. Therefore, please send in an application form at least four weeks before the foreseen start of your project. JRP-II is subject to the Procedures Training Periods/Research Projects. These regulations require detailed written agreements in the application form between supervisor and student, that specify the conditions for the Research Project. Please consult these regulations beforehand through LUMC’s educational webpages, or blackboard, and act accordingly.
Please also check the following document on Blackboard: Role of ‘Communication in Science’ (CiS) during the Master’s Biomedical Sciences.