Natural Sciences

MSci Research Project 1 (2019/0)

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Module TitleMSci Research Project 1 Credit Value30
Module CodeNSC3002 Module ConvenorDr Marc Goodfellow
Duration: Term 1 2 3
No. of weeks 11
Number students taking module (anticipated) 20
Module description

In this module you will work on a real research project linked to a research group from across the University. You will work in pairs and for the duration of the project will become a member of the research group.

You will gain a valuable insight into scientific research, but will also have an opportunity to make a real contribution to this research.

This module constitutes the first part of a two-part 90-credit project extending over Stages 3 and 4 of the MSci programme, where NSCM001 constitutes the second part. In addition, the project may be further extended, subject to agreement from your project supervisor, and director of studies or programme director, by electing to take module NSCM002 (project extension) in your fourth year.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to allow you to bring together the knowledge, expertise and skills you have acquired to address a real problem in a research environment. This module aims to foster the skills in open-ended problem solving you will need as a practising researcher, but which are also highly valued in many other professions.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 1. Evaluate in detail the subject area of the project and execute competently the agreed project work
  • 2. Demonstrate your knowledge of the general requirements of safety regulations in your practical work
  • 3. Identify any specific hazards associated with your particular project and/or its environment, describe the associated procedures for safe working, and explain the rationale for such procedures
  • 4. Appropriately complete risk assessment forms as applicable to your particular project

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 5. Solve problems analytically and systematically
  • 6. Produce scientific reports based on accurate and objective record keeping and critical evaluation of results;
  • 7. Act in a professional, safe and ethical manner

Personal and Key Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge:

  • 8. Communicate effectively by means of oral and written presentations
  • 9. Manage time and resources, using appropriate strategies and with the support of a project supervisor, to complete work to schedule

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

The hours of work specified below are the core project hours; the additional hours needed to correspond to 30 credits are spent individually analysing results, writing reports, etc.

Background: In weeks 1-2 of Term 2 you will spend on average three days per week in background reading, discussions and laboratory demonstrations (making a total of 6 days). You will write a brief literature review of the project area to append on an abstract for submission towards the end of Term 2.

Project Work: In weeks 3-9 of Term 2 you will spend an average of three days per week on project work (making a total of 21 days). You will also be expected to perform 58 hours of additional research, reading and preparation for assessments throughout the duration of the project.

Analysis and write up: In weeks 10-11 of Term 2 you will spend an average of three days per week (making a total of 6 days) on writing an individual abstract (submission end of Term 2) and jointly preparing a poster display of your work (for presentation in Term 3). The assessment will take the form of a discussion of the display with each student in turn (see details of assessment below).

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
242580
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching11Weekly meetings with project supervisor
Scheduled teaching and learning23133 days of project work
Guided independent study58Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments
ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral review of laboratory notebooks and project progressWeekly five minute oral assessment of notebooks by project supervisorAllOral
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
55045
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Extended conference abstract and literature review301500 words1, 5-6, 8Individual marksheet
Conference poster25A0 size scientific1, 5-8Individual marksheet
Oral defence of poster3010 minute individual oral examination1-2, 5, 7-8Individual marksheet
Assessment of good research practice15Ongoing supervisory monitoring of progressAllIndividual marksheet
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Extended conference abstract and literature reviewExtended conference abstract and literature review1, 5-6, 8August ref/def
Conference posterConference poster1, 5-8August ref/def
Oral defence of posterOral defence of poster1-2, 5, 7-8August ref/def
Assessment of good research practiceAssessment of good research practiceAllAugust ref/def
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to re-submit the relevant assessment(s). The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

  • McMillan, K, Weyers, J, "How to Write Essays and Assignments" , Pearson Education Skills Set (2009), ISBN: 978-0273726951
  • McMillan,K, Weyers, J, "How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports" , Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0273726937
  • Bowden, J, "Writing a report: how to prepare, write and present effective reports" 8th, How To Books Ltd (2008), ISBN: 978-1845282936
Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Web based and electronic resources
Other resources

 

CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE

15

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES

None

CO-REQUISITE MODULES

None

NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)

6

AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING?

No

ORIGIN DATE

11/02/2013

LAST REVISION DATE

13/07/2017

KEY WORDS SEARCH

Individual research projects