Human Biology & Physiology BSc/MSci

Life Sciences Outreach Honours Project BIOL4248P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Infection and Immunity
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will be taken by final-year BSc Honours students undertaking an outreach research project, which will be hosted either by a local school or by another organisation, such as the Glasgow Science Centre, University of Glasgow Collections and any other appropriate organisation.


Students undertaking a project in a school will liaise with staff in the host school to develop, deliver and evaluate scientific activities appropriate to pupils in pre-tertiary education.


Students undertaking a project in other organisations will develop, deliver and evaluate public engagement materials and/or activities in collaboration with the host organisation.


Individual projects may require travel outwith Glasgow.


As arranged individually. 

Excluded Courses

BIOL4246P Life Sciences Investigative Honours Project

BIOL4247P Life Sciences Dissertation Honours Project

BIOL4249P Life Sciences Internship Honours Project

BIOL5287P Life Sciences Investigative MSci Project

BIOL5288P Life Sciences Dissertation MSci Project

BIOL5289PLife Sciences Outreach MSci Project


Project dissertation (70%), supervisor's assessment of overall performance (10%) and project oral presentation (20%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which 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. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to provide experience in the identification, design and delivery of a scientific activity appropriate to the host organisation or target audience, 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:

■ plan, execute and evaluate an outreach activity to disseminate scientific knowledge;

■ evaluate and summarise published research papers relevant to the subject area;

■ acquire, analyse and interpret scientific data;

■ write a cogent research report;

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

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.