60 credits at level HE7
The MSc Project enables the student to combine knowledge and skills attained in earlier modules. All projects involve investigation and research; some will involve substantial practical work while others will be mainly research based.
The purpose of the module is to allow the student to demonstrate the ability to perform independent but guided academic activity and demonstrate mastery of a specialist topic.
The topic chosen for the project must be relevant within the context of the name of the pathway. Before starting the MSc project students must have successfully completed all the core modules in their chosen pathway and gained 120 credits or more.
The MSc Project process requires the student to:
Define and negotiate a project topic
Identify appropriate techniques, project structure and timetable.
Undertake an investigation of the published literature. Write an interim report summarising and reviewing the literature and relating this to the proposed project. The interim report should conform to the conventions of academic writing.
Implement the development or undertake the research, depending on project type.
Critically analyse the results or findings, draw conclusions and make recommendations for further work.
Describe the project in its entirety in a written dissertation complying with academic publishing conventions.
Prepare and deliver a presentation to an open audience.
Expand upon any aspect of the project and propose future work in an oral examination.
Students are expected to be self-motivated in conducting their MSc project, enhancing their technical competence and building self-sufficiency. Prior to starting the module students will attend several workshops covering aspects of the project such as specifying project objectives, planning, research methodology, effective use of information sources, report writing and academic writing style.
Supervisors will provide support and guidance throughout the duration of the project.
The project is assessed in the six elements detailed in section 10. The marks for the elements are summed according to the weightings shown in section 10 to arrive at a final mark and students must obtain 40% or more to pass. Students must also gain 40% or more in the viva voce examination, which is obligatory, in order to pass the project.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate competence in project management including planning, scheduling and resource identification.||Produce a detailed project plan and justify subsequent variances.|
|2.||Devise research strategies to critically review the published literature.||Produce a report reviewing the published literature and relating it to the project.|
|3.||Display mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skill.||Implement the investigation or development, then communicate the process and evaluate the findings in a detailed written dissertation covering all aspects of the project.|
|4.||Demonstrate expertise in writing within the accepted academic norms.||Produce a detailed written dissertation covering all aspects of the project.|
|5.||Formulate and deliver a presentation to a professional standard.||Demonstrate professionalism and technical accuracy in the presentation.|
|6.||Demonstrate confidence in defending your work orally.||Sit a viva voce examination.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Project plan and schedule (5%). Interim report (10%)||Implementation||Dissertation||Seminar presentation (10%). Viva voce examination (10%)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Publications, journals and internet sites relevant to the chosen topic.
Dissertations prepared by former students
Style guidelines for academic publications (various)
Rudd, D., Preparing for Dissertations and Projects, 2002, Communication Skills Unit, Bolton Institute
Rudd, D., Writing - The Basics, Communication Skills Unit, 2001, Bolton Institute
Rudd, D., Report Writing - a guide to organisation and style, 2001, Communication Skills Unit, Bolton Institute
Rudd, D., Cite Me, I'm Yours - Harvard Version, 2001, Communication Skills Unit, Bolton Institute
Rudd, D., Giving a Presentation, 2001, Communication Skills Unit, Bolton Institute
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