20 credits at level HE6
This module aims to assist students to prepare to undertake independent academic work at level HE6 where greater emphasis is normally placed on student centred learning. Students will also develop the general skills required for submission of a project or dissertation.
The module is intended to help students to develop investigatory skills relating to: literature review; identifying, tracing and evaluating published evidence, research and other material; understanding the nature of intellectual concepts and arguments; the basis and use of assumptions; data interpretation; and appropriate and relevant questions.
The module aims to:
This module will be delivered in the first semester to each cohort of students on the top-up year.
The Module will consist of a series of lectures/workshops, which will be flexibly delivered so as to cater for both generic and specific academic considerations and the needs of a diverse student population with diverse needs and interests. Work in the classroom will be supported by additional learning resources on Moodle. It is expected that all students will contribute to the various activities.
Students undertaking this Module will be encouraged to consider seminars, exhibitions and conferences and how they would assist in their broader understanding of the role of investigatory research related activities as part of academic and professional life.
The module will be assessed through (1) a project plan and literature review, scheduled to be completed in week 6, prior to students commencing work on the project module; (2) a seminar presentation critically analysing a designated journal article; and (3) a personal development plan.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate the ability to select, retrieve and manage relevant information from a full range of resources.||Conduct a literature search, to include text book, journal and online sources.|
|2.||Use a range of presentation techniques, demonstrating the ability to effectively disseminate information in appropriate forms to a professional standard.||
- Produce a literature review, written in an appropriate academic style and referenced using the Harvard system.
- Plan and deliver a well-structured and informative presentation critically analysing a designated publication.
|3.||Formulate an appropriate investigative protocol to achieve the aims of a project.||Produce a project plan outlining an appropriate research methodology to achieve the aims of a selected project.|
|4.||Develop the ability to safely employ the techniques identified in the protocol.||Identify the health and safety implications of a selected project.|
|5.||Demonstrate skills of critical analysis.||Critically analyse academic literature.|
|6.||Employ appropriate time management techniques.||
- Produce a GANTT chart as part of a project plan.
- Work to given deadlines in assignment work.
|7.||Reflect on own learning, monitor progress and set self-attainment goals||Develop a personal development plan.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Project Plan & Literature Review||Seminar Presentation||Personal Development Plan|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
The following publications are provided as an indication:
Adair, J. E. & Allen, M. (2003) The concise: time management and personal development Thorogood [available online]
Cottrell, S. (2003) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook (Palgrave Study Guides), Palgrave MacMillan
Hackley, C. E. (2003) Doing research projects in marketing, management and consumer research Routledge [available online]
Kazmier, L. J., Fulks, D.L, Staton, M. (2003) Business Statistics McGraw-Hill [available online]
Murray, N., Hughes, G. (2008) Writing up your university assignments and research projects McGraw-Hill / Open University Press [available online]
Rudd, D. (2004) Writing: The Basics. Bolton: Learning Support and Development, University of Bolton [available online]
Rudd, D. (2004) Giving a Presentation. Bolton: Learning Support and Development, University of Bolton [available online]
Rudd, D. (2005) Preparing for Dissertations & Projects. Bolton: Learning Support and Development, University of Bolton [available online]
Rudd, D. (2007) Cite Me, Iím Yours - Harvard Version: References, Bibliographies, Notes, Quotations etc. Bolton: Learning Support and Development, University of Bolton [available online]
Walliman, N. S. R; Baiche, B (2001) Your research project: a step-by-step guide for the first-time researcher Sage Publications [available online]
http://data.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/ (Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorial Online)
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