Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and experience in the use of databases and other paper and electronic resources to interrogate the scientific literature
- In writing, analyse and evaluate the work carried out and the prior art on which it is based to a standard that could form the basis of a scientific publication
- Evaluate the risks associated with practical work and identify control measures to keep them to an acceptable minimum
- Adapt to working in a new professional / academic environment
- Maintain a laboratory/ work record to a professional standard
- Propose future work which is clearly justified by the results of the project work
- Communicate project results with clarity, both verbally and in writing, and by using appropriate scientific terminology
- Demonstrate a fundamental understanding in the practical application of techniques relevant to the project
- Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the theoretical background and literature precedent related to your project area
- Collect, organise and analyse data and to identify the level of reliability of the results obtained
- Verbally propose solutions and strategies for problems identified during the project and be able to discuss these with colleagues, recognising when to promote an idea and when to concede that it is flawed
- Carry out the practical element of the project work with a high degree of independence and with regular self-evaluation of performance leading to the development of personal objectives and strategies of how to meet
- Understand the purpose of the work being undertaken and appreciate the commercial and / or intellectual motivation of taking on the work
- Apply past experiences in the laboratory environment to new and unseen practical situations with an appreciation of the fitness for purpose of each activity in the successful achievement of the project objectives
- Critically evaluate the quality and reliability of your acquired data
Each student will choose a research topic and a research supervisor when applying for the degree programme. The research project will then be discussed and finalised on the occasion of the first meetings with the project supervisor. The research project will start at the beginning of the academic year and run for twelve months. The student will be part of the research group and will be expected to take part in the group activities, including group meetings, group presentations, etc… Progress will be monitored through regular meetings with the supervisor, and via submission of regular reports. The module will be assessed by submission of progress reports, an oral presentation, and a research dissertation at the end of the twelve months. The latter will be examined by two independent internal examiners. The module assessment will also include a contribution towards diligence and initiative from the project supervisor.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
- Provision of information on the project process with the programme coordinator
- Establishment of project objectives with academic supervisor (often before project starts)
- Day to day supervision by nominated day to day supervisor
- Regular informal meetings with academic supervisor to monitor progress and share ideas
- Feedback on performance will be a part of day to day discussions throughout the entire term of the project. In most instances this will be provided through informal discussions but on occasion might result in particular objectives being set.
- Submission of progress reports assessed by the primary supervisor and another academic staff.
|Total study time||600|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal