Innovation in
Assessment & Feedback
23rd June 2010
Dr Steve Christmas
Division of Immunology
Faculty of Health & Life Scie...
MSc in Human
Immunity
• Taught Masters, commenced in 1997
• Students aiming for a career in research or Clinical Science
•...
Programme Structure
Semester 1
• Research Methods + 3 taught modules
Semester 2
• 2 Advanced Immunology and 2 Practical Im...
Background Teaching in
Research Methods
• Research Skills and Experimental Design
• Research Ethics
• Public Understanding...
Making a Research
Grant Application
Taught sessions
• Introduction to Writing a Grant Application
• Practice Session on Wr...
Making a Research
Grant Application
Assignment Structure
• Abstract
• Background and Aims
• Plan of Investigation
• Resour...
Making a Research
Grant Application
Assignment Components
• Original Grant Application
• Two Peer Reviews of other applica...
Feedback
• At the abstract stage, detailed feedback is given on the
appropriateness of the topic and structure of the abst...
Making a Research
Grant Application
Aims
• Introduce principles of writing a grant application
• Develop experimental desi...
Making a Research
Grant Application
Learning Outcomes
• Acquire expertise to write background to a grant application
• Pro...
Novel Aspects
• An insight into the ‘real world’ of scientific research
• Links theoretical and practical aspects of a dis...
Potential Problems
• Students need significant theoretical and some practical
expertise so more appropriate later in progr...
Broader applications of
the same principles
• Readily adaptable to other research-based scientific
subject areas
• Potenti...
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  1. 1. Innovation in Assessment & Feedback 23rd June 2010 Dr Steve Christmas Division of Immunology Faculty of Health & Life Sciences University of Liverpool L & T conference 2010
  2. 2. MSc in Human Immunity • Taught Masters, commenced in 1997 • Students aiming for a career in research or Clinical Science • Balance between theoretical and practical aspects of Immunology
  3. 3. Programme Structure Semester 1 • Research Methods + 3 taught modules Semester 2 • 2 Advanced Immunology and 2 Practical Immunology modules Semester 3 • Research Project
  4. 4. Background Teaching in Research Methods • Research Skills and Experimental Design • Research Ethics • Public Understanding of Science • Statistical Methods • Scientific Literature Searching
  5. 5. Making a Research Grant Application Taught sessions • Introduction to Writing a Grant Application • Practice Session on Writing a Grant Application • Teaching Session on Resources and Costings • Discussion on choice of topic • Practice Oral Presentation
  6. 6. Making a Research Grant Application Assignment Structure • Abstract • Background and Aims • Plan of Investigation • Resources and Costings • Justification for Resources Requested • References
  7. 7. Making a Research Grant Application Assignment Components • Original Grant Application • Two Peer Reviews of other applications • Response to Peer Reviews • Revised Grant Application 80% • Oral Presentation (20%)
  8. 8. Feedback • At the abstract stage, detailed feedback is given on the appropriateness of the topic and structure of the abstract • Convenors available during writing of the application to advise about costings or peer review etc. • Normal mechanisms for feedback after the assessment
  9. 9. Making a Research Grant Application Aims • Introduce principles of writing a grant application • Develop experimental design skills and appreciation of resource allocation • Develop skills of critical analysis of student’s own research project and those of others
  10. 10. Making a Research Grant Application Learning Outcomes • Acquire expertise to write background to a grant application • Propose a systematic and rational plan of investigation • Outline and justify the resources requested • Critically review applications of their peers • Self-reflection: respond appropriately to constructive comments
  11. 11. Novel Aspects • An insight into the ‘real world’ of scientific research • Links theoretical and practical aspects of a discipline • Introduces a realistic appreciation of the cost of research and the planning and design of a research project • Critical evaluation of the proposals of their peers and response to feedback on their own proposal
  12. 12. Potential Problems • Students need significant theoretical and some practical expertise so more appropriate later in programme • Individual feedback from an expert required at early stage and possibly during the writing of the application • Administration of the assignments is difficult • Several staggered deadlines
  13. 13. Broader applications of the same principles • Readily adaptable to other research-based scientific subject areas • Potentially applicable to other disciplines

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