40 credits at level HE6
The final year project is a pathway-specific, supervised, student-centred activity in which the student will define the scope and nature of tasks to be done, execute them and critically appraise the outcomes. In doing this, the student builds on previous experience of project work and synthesises knowledge and practices drawn from a variety of specialist modules, as well as evidencing their capacity for lifelong learning and professional development through their approach to and handling of the chosen topic.
In particular, the project will develop the student’s ability to:
• define a problem and plan a workload;
• undertake comprehensive research and practical investigation;
• analyse outcomes, derive conclusions and present recommendations.
It is envisaged that the scope of the task selected could either be of an artefact based ‘problem-solution’ approach or some form of academic, non artefact based piece such as a comparative study, investigation into a subject related area, etc.
The module is by its nature student driven but is underpinned via weekly supervisory sessions. In addition to this, students will be taken through the key project management issues via a front loaded taught delivery.
The major project comprises the production of an initial proposal and plan, engagement with the supervision process, producing evidence of progress via a mid-stage presentation, a concluding research and development report of approximately 10000 words and a viva voce examination.
Students are encouraged to consider possible topic areas and to undertake preliminary research during the long vacation. This facilitates the formal identification of titles and content, plus the allocation of supervisors early in the final year.
Each individual project is supported by a supervisor, and also a coordinator for the year whose responsibilities include running general project planning sessions, the assignment of supervisors to students, setting deadlines for submission of items of assessment, advising on the associated performance criteria, and overseeing the progress presentations and/or seminars.
The various assessment items are assessed as follows:
• the project proposal and plan, formulated in consultation with the supervisor, is assessed by the supervisor/supervisory team;
• student progress is assessed vi the mid-stage presentation, where students must show their progress to date, their ability to work to plan and where necessary their ability to react to the changing needs/parameters of their project;
• the final report is assessed by the supervisor and second marked by another member of staff with expertise in the chosen area of study;
• the concluding viva voce enables the supervisory team to question the student and provides the student with the opportunity to offer an oral defence of their entire project.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Articulate arguments to a high standard in a written report and oral presentation, and engage in debate in a professional manner with peers and tutors.||Produce a structured dissertation report to suit the topic, displaying a high standard of critical argument and prose and discussing theoretical ideas and present rational arguments based on evidence in the formal setting of a seminar.|
|2.||Demonstrate the ability to commit to a self-determined project and employ effective time management skills and techniques in setting and accomplishing objectives.||Plan and execute a project within a given time constraint, including the setting of realistic and feasible objectives, identification and prioritising of tasks and the generation and adhere to a time plan e.g. Gantt chart.|
|3.||Adopt a creative and strategic approach to problem-solving which reflects industrial practice and need.||Select and apply a design strategy and problem-solving techniques appropriate to their subject and to professional practice.|
|4.||Engage in creative and independent thought and judgement on a particular topic.||Demonstrate originality in choice and definition of topic and/or investigative approach and evidence of deep intellectual engagement with the project subject|
|5.||Deploy relevant conceptual frameworks and analytical tools in collecting and interpreting data.||Design suitable test/study/investigation(s) which permit analysis and critical evaluation of results.|
|6.||Demonstrate understanding of a specialist field of study.||Produce a well referenced document in line with the academic rigours of the particular discipline.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Project Plan||Mid Stage Presentation||10,000 word Research and Development Report||Viva Voce|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Howard, K and Sharp, J.A. (1983) The Management of a Student Project Gower Publishing, Aldershot
Lock, D. (1996) The Essentials of Project Management Aldershot Gower
Luck, M. (1999) Your Student Research Project Aldershot Gower
Maylor, H. (1999) Project Management London Financial Times Management
Meredith, J. (1999) Project Management a Managerial Approach Chichester Wiley
Rudd, D. (2007) Giving A Presentation LLS Publications
Rudd, D. (2007) Writing a Dissertation Harvard Style LLS Publications
Rudd, D. (2007) Cite Me, I'm Yours: Harvard Style LLS Publications
Rudd, D. (2006) Report Writing LLS Publications
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Technologies|
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