Aims and Fit of Module
This module is a core module for Level 6, undertaking a year-long research project, applying, in an experimental context, the theoretical knowledge students have gained in the previous three years. The module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a scientific project and develop skills required to plan a project, develop a methodology, analyse the data and disseminate the results.
A Demonstrate the ability to critical thinking about a project
B Develop hypothesis/rationale, the related method and lab skills to solve the current research interests
C Understand the management of a research project from lab work
D Learn how to critically evaluate the research data
E Demonstrate how to write a detailed research report, in a professional format
F Demonstrate profound understanding of the research project via professionally presenting the research finding
Method of teaching and learning
A list of project areas proposed by members of staff is distributed in August and students may consult the supervisors of projects that interest them. In addition, students may suggest project ideas for themselves. Students submit their ranked choice of project areas and projects are allocated on the basis of this choice. Students are notified of the project allocated at the beginning of term.
Skills imparted through lecture, practical, and Key Skills are developed further in the project. This is done through close and regular contact with supervisors (with formal progress meetings being recorded) and relevant research staff and augmented by personal experience in the laboratory, or elsewhere.
It is expected that 2 to 2.5 days a week should be spent on the project during Semesters 1 and 2 and the supervisor is consulted regularly. The assessment contains report and presentation.The supervisor will assess the teaching and learning through the students’ regular lab report, the revision of the final report and presentation.