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Biology Third Year Dissertation Introduction

  1. Read the task in Box 1.
  2. Download each of the pdfs and read them. Keep these open so you can refer to them as you watch the video.
  3. Watch the video.

Step 1

The Task

Biology, Third Year Dissertation: Introduction,

Queen Mary, University of London

In their final year (3rd year) students taking our biology programmes conduct an individual research project and present their findings in the form of a dissertation. This requires them to write about 30 pages of text and figures.

The Introduction should not simply be a description of findings from lots of references; rather the writer should attempt to synthesise the information in such a way as to focus onto the project in hand. The Introduction begins with a brief paragraph, stating some basic, well established facts which the reader will be familiar with e.g. All living organisms need to be able to adjust to changes in temperature. This leads to a broad overview of the context of the study then gently leading the reader into the field in question by reviewing the most recent published literature. It can be useful to use a table and /or diagrams to compress information and/or illustrate key topics. From this review of the literature, the writer then identifies a gap / discrepancy / confusion in the published literature and explains how they will be addressing this in their project. An introduction normally ends with a list of the aims and objectives of the study.

Step 2

Texts

Introduction Text 1 - Bacteria On Toys

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Introduction Text 2 - Mouthwash

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Introduction Text 3 - Heat Shock Response

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Step 3

Step 4

Download the transcript for this video.

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