60 credits at level HE7
This module enables participants to bring together the knowledge and skills attained in the earlier and co-terminus modules to investigate a selected topic reviewing the literature, presenting seminars and preparing material in a form for publication. The project is supposed to demonstrate the participantís capabilities to perform independent but guided research to solve practical problems with theoretical and analytical knowledge.
The overall purpose of the module is to develop in the participant an understanding of the steps involved in planning and conducting a research project and in communicating the findings both orally and in writing.
Identification of a research topic in which staff have experience and which is of relevance to the participant and their employer.
Preparation and Presentation of a work plan and identifying the appropriate techniques and the project structure.
Undertaking a literature review to place the investigation in context.
Conducting the investigation and keeping a detailed record of findings.
Preparing and delivering seminars to colleagues and examiners.
Writing up the results of the investigation in the form of a dissertation, and where appropriate in a form suitable for publication.
Identifying the potential utility of the research in terms of its application to social, economic or cultural needs.
Before enrolling on this module, participants will present a full proposal of their project to academic staff, who will assess all aspects of the projectís potential as suitable material on which to base an MSc thesis. Participants will be required to carry forward the work of the project to demonstrate initiative and self-motivation.
Supervisors will provide expert support as appropriate and will recommend links with other sources of academic and industrial input. They will also give guidance on methodology, the format and content of written and oral presentations and on the submission of the final report. It is expected that progress be reviewed through a number of formal interviews spread over the project period. This will also provide exposure to criticism and debate, which will be beneficial to the candidate.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have learned on how to examine a given problem with respect to procedures to solve it||Carried out project literature searches and described problems in a structured manner.|
|2.||have learned to define the major topics of problems to be solved||give a short description of problems and points to be solved|
|3.||have learned to manage a project||set up a project plan|
|4.||have learned to write a technical paper||project description, interims report, final report, presentation|
|5.||have learned to concentrate on major topics||Have prepared a project plan and table of contents to give adequate time management. Having identified and characterised the project carried the relevant developmental work and then tested the solution against the project objectives.|
|6.||have given presentations on your project, concentrated on major points||Gained presentational skills suitable for future research activities.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Written thesis||Oral Presentation of thesis and response to questions etc.||Preparation and presentation of a large poster covering the project/thesis content etc.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Cooper, B M: Writing Technical Reports Penguin, 1987
Howard, K & Sharp, JA: The Management of a Student Research Project, Gower,1983
University of Bolton: Notes of Guidance for the Preparation of Dissertations for Masters Degree Courses
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