Natural Sciences

MSci Research Project 2 (2020/1)

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Module TitleMSci Research Project 2 Credit Value60
Module CodeNSCM001 Module ConvenorDr Marc Goodfellow
Duration: Term 1 2 3
No. of weeks 11 11
Number students taking module (anticipated) 20
Module description

In this module you will continue to work on the research project you started in Year 3 (NSC3002). For the remaining 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 second part of a two-part 90-credit project extending over Stages 3 and 4 of the MSci programme, where NSC3002 constitutes the first 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 practicing 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. Keep a professional record of the research, including electronic data
  • 2. Produce a conference proceedings paper containing original results and analysis, of the type typically used to present work at scientific conferences
  • 3. Produce a scientific oral presentation introducing the field of research, outlining the research objectives, the methodology undertaken, the results and conclusions
  • 4. Defend the results of the project orally in a fluent and coherent form

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 5. Solve problems using initiative, imagination and creativity
  • 6. Develop advanced data analysis and presentation skills
  • 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. Practise highly effective individual time management

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

Project Work 1: In the Autumn Term you will spend an average of three days per week on project work (making a total of 33 days).

Project Work 2: In the Spring Term you will spend a further 33 days' work on further analysis and preparation of a conference proceedings paper (submission end of Term 2) and oral scientific presentation (to be given at the Natural Sciences undergraduate conference in the Summer Term).

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
4841160
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Weekly meetings with project supervisor
Scheduled Learning and Teaching46266 days of project work
Guided independent study116Additional research, data analysis, 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 progress by project supervisorAllOral
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
45055
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Conference proceedings paper455 pages max 11 font1-2, 6, 8-9Individual marksheet
Oral conference presentation2015 minutes + 5 minutes for questions3-4, 6-9Individual marksheet
Assessment of good research practice35Ongoing supervisory monitoring of progress1, 4-7, 9Individual marksheet
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Conference proceedings paperConference proceedings paper1-2, 6, 8-9August ref/def
Oral conference presentationOral conference presentation3-4, 6-9August ref/def
Assessment of good research practiceAssessment of good research practice1, 4-7, 9August 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 50%) 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 50%.

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 60 ECTS VALUE

30

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES

NSC3002 MSci Research Project 1

CO-REQUISITE MODULES

None

NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)

7

AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING?

No

ORIGIN DATE

28/02/2013

LAST REVISION DATE

07/07/2020

KEY WORDS SEARCH

Individual research projects