This module is consists of the completion of the literature review in preparation for the student’s MSc dissertation project, which will be completed in the third semester, and its presentation in the form of a written report.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to a research area.
- Work independently towards achieving well defined objectives.
- Manage personal study time effectively to balance the different needs of the literature review and other course work.
- Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources.
- Communicate the results of a review of the scientific literature relevant to your project in writing, using appropriate scientific terminology and formatting.
- Completion of an extended piece of written work.
- Fortnightly meetings with supervisor(s), either independently or in groups.
- Training in literature searching using online methods and databases.
- Training in scientific writing.
- Submission and assessment of the dissertation report.
- Presentation of literature study.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Workshops and short lectures will be used to present key knowledge, concepts and a general framework of for the conduct of independent research.
Supervisory meetings one-to-one tuition to devise dissertation subject, set milestones, and review progress.
|Practical classes and workshops||16|
|Wider reading or practice||78|
|Completion of assessment task||40|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Kirsty MacDonald. Key Skills for Scientists. RSC publishing.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.