20 credits at level HE5
The module provides the student with the opportunity to investigate in depth a topic relevant to the industry, develop it in some way, analyse the information gained and communicate the findings by a presentation and a written report.
The module also develops the student's capacity to manage his/her learning through independent work, guided by the module tutor and an awareness of formal methods of project planning and monitoring.
Project definition, planning and monitoring
Project definition and scope, formal methods of planning and monitoring; defining aims and objectives.
Mechanics of searching for research materials and recording and organising their origins.
Critically reviewing and using the literature, referencing, avoiding plagiarism.
Anaysis & Research Method
Experimental design; design of questionnaires and interviews; data collection; research ethics, ethical approval, issues of confidentiality, evaluation, conceptual mapping, techniques for analysis of qualitative data, techniques for analysis of quantitative data (i.e. statistics), presentation of findings.
Development relevant to the industry
Examples could include conducting a survey, investigating the market, specifying a design, testing and documentation.
Practice in making presentations and in academic writing.
The duration of the module is one semester, i.e. 14 weeks.
The module begins with a series of lectures over the first few weeks. The lectures give way to a student-centred approach as students define and start to work on their own topics. Additional specialist members of staff may become involved at this point. The module ends with individual student presentations and reports.
Formal lectures delivered over the first 7 weeks: 14 hours.
Directed study and in-class assessments: 28 hours
Directed project work: 158 hours
Total 200 hours
Assessment is entirely through coursework and may include such items as a project definition and plan, literature review, presentation, technical report and reflective account.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the mechanics of conducting a literature search and review.||
Conduct a literature review. Demonstrate accurate and systematic referencing.
|2.||Be aware of different approaches to investigation.||Demonstrate appropriate planning for the investigation in terms of identifying issues and approaches to experimental design and evaluation.|
|3.||Be able to think critically, independently and creatively.||Demonstrate ability to question, formulate and defend an argument, interpret and evaluate trends and draw conclusions.|
|4.||Review and critically assess work undertaken.||Evaluate the results of your own work and suggest areas for improvement.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Individual portfolio of work.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Gray, D.E. (2009) Doing Research in the Real World, 2nd Edition, Sage Publications Ltd.
Rudd D, 2006, Cite Me, Iím Yours: Harvard Style, University of Bolton
Rudd D, 2006, Preparing for Dissertations and Projects, University of Bolton
Berndtsson, M. (2002) Planning and Implementing your Final Year Project Ė with Success: a Guide for Students in Computer Science and Information Systems. London: Springer
Buzan, T. (2002) How to Mind Map. London: Thorsons
Creme, P. & Lea, M. R. (2008) Writing at University: a Guide for Students. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill, Open University Press
Dawson, C.W. (2005) Projects on Computing and Information Systems: a Studentís Guide. Harlow: Addison Wesley
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