Biology Third Year Dissertation Materials and Methods
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Biology, Third Year Dissertation: Materials and Methods,
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 Materials and Methods chapter should be written in such a way as to ensure future project students can reproduce your experiments. Some basic knowledge on the part of the reader can be assumed for example, it is sufficient to say that a boiling water-bath was used without explaining how you filled the beaker and lit the Bunsen etc. For established procedures, it can be sufficient to refer the reader to the original source (the details can also be put in an Appendix). There is very little need to write sentences of interpretation or explanation in this section and indeed it is often sufficient to use bullet points.
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