ISS Research Project: Visit International Students (UCEAP) BIOL4290

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 25
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

An undergraduate research-based Life Sciences project for University of California Education Abroad Programme (UCEAP) visiting students.


Full time between mid-June and end of July (6 weeks).

Requirements of Entry

Normally, a United States GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).

Course is only available to students enrolled on Plan code C100H-1506

Course not available to University of Glasgow students

Excluded Courses





Assessment has 4 components: a literature review ("Report" 15%) which is undertaken in advance of starting the 6-week project; the supervisor's assessment based on research notebook, research performance, attitude and participation (20%); an oral presentation (10%) which takes place during the last week; and a dissertation (55%) which is submitted on the last day of the 6-week project.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


There is no re-assessment opportunity for the oral presentation (10%) or supervisor's assessment (20%)

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to provide experience in the planning and execution of a short research project, data analysis and interpretation, the production of a written report and in presenting and discussing research findings orally.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ Propose a preliminary list of goals to be achieved during the project in collaboration with the project supervisor;

■ Describe and discuss an understanding of the literature related to the research project;

■ Apply research skills appropriate to the area of specialisation;

■ Deliver a give a clear, well-constructed oral presentation describing their research to their peers;

■ Compose a cogent, clear and concise report summarising their findings and the state of research in their chosen field.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment. Full time attendance for the 6 weeks of the project is required.