Natural Sciences

Group Project (2020/1)

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Module TitleGroup Project Credit Value30
Module CodeNSC3003 Module ConvenorDr Sharon Strawbridge
Duration: Term 1 2 3
No. of weeks 11
Number students taking module (anticipated) 40
Module description

Many work environments, often including scientific research, require highly developed team skills. Your ability to act as an effective and cooperative member of a group will make you a valued employee. This module aims to provide experience of working as part of a project team in a situation close to that which might be found in a research, industrial or commercial setting.

Using formal project planning methods to plan and manage the progress of a substantial group project, you will develop an appreciation for the challenges faced by every project manager. This is an opportunity to bring together many of the scientific and professional skills you have learned during Stages 1 and 2.

The group project could encompass a piece of scientific research, but could also be related to outreach, widening participation or work aimed at encouraging greater gender equality within STEM/M Disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

This is a compulsory module for students on the BSc Natural Sciences, and compulsory for those students on the MSci Natural Sciences not taking the Semester of Science Studies Abroad (NSC3004).

Module aims

To provide experience of working as part of a project team in a situation close to that which might be found in a research, industrial or commercial setting. To enable you to apply your knowledge and skills at a professional level and as part of a team effort. To integrate knowledge gained in several areas of the degree course. To encourage the use of initiative, imagination and creativity applied in the context of a team effort.

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. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding in the subject area and technical requirements of the project
  • 2. Plan and manage, using formal project planning methods, the progress of a substantial group project

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 3. Solve problems analytically and systematically
  • 4. Assess and manage all relevant risks
  • 5. Take personal responsibility for acting in a professional, safe and ethical manner and to promote these practises

Personal and Key Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge:

  • 6. Operate effectively in a team including adopting different roles such as leadership
  • 7. Work constructively and supportively with others, taking and giving constructive feedback, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of others and helping them to contribute to a team effort
  • 8. Show effective communication, both via different forms for reports and through presentations, to a wide range of audiences
  • 9. Manage resources and time with little need for advice
  • 10. Identify your personal development needs and goals, reflecting on your performance and managing your personal development

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

To be agreed with the project mentor and any external project partners. Generally in two parts:

  • Broad knowledge and understanding in one specific subject area relevant to the project, at the forefront of the chosen discipline, acquired individually;
  • Completion of a group project, producing a product, design or service to an agreed specification, normally for a genuine industrial sponsor/customer parallel to the first part.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
112890
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching11Weekly meetings with project mentors
Guided independent study289Guided independent and group study
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 project progressWeekly five minute oral assessment of progress by project mentorAllOral
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
75025
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group project management portfolio404000 words1-7, 9Individual marksheet
Mentor assessment of group project management portfolio via pro forma15Pro forma1-7, 9Individual marksheet
Group video presentation2515 minutes and 5 minutes for questions1, 6-8Individual marksheet
Individual report summarising individual contribution10500 words5, 10Individual marksheet
Group peer assessment (mark awarded by other team members)10n/a5-8Individual marksheet
0
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group project management portfolioIndividual report (2500 words) (80%)1-7, 9August
Group video presentationIndividual video presentation (15 minutes and 5 minutes for questions) (20%)1, 6-8August
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 referred synoptically in assessments as described in the re-assessment table above. 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:

  • Leven, P, “Student-Friendly Guide: Successful Teamwork!” McGraw Hill Education (2004), ISBN: 978-0335215782
  • Melton, T, “Real Project Planning: Developing a Project Delivery Strategy”, Elsevier (2007), ISBN: 978-0750684729
  • 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

19/02/2013

LAST REVISION DATE

21/02/2017

KEY WORDS SEARCH

Project, team, group