|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation to be assessed in accordance with University guidelines. (Max. 20,000 words)||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Dissertation Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module. (Max. 20,000 words)||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Carry out their research proposal competently and efficiently undertake an in-depth literature review.
2. Present results obtained and evaluate them using an appropriate statistical analysis, discuss in depth their chosen subject area.
3. Work to a planned timetable.
4. Produce a learned report of the investigation in the form of a dissertation.
The work based research module offers the opportunity for student to focus in depth on a topic of personal interest to them within a professional, work based context. The module will allow them scope to address a research question of applied relevance, employing appropriate research methodology to do so. The project may be discipline specific or multidisciplinary - in a work based, applied context this is quite likely. The professional context itself must have a clear connection with the agri-food industry.
- Introductory lecture detailing the requirements of a dissertation.
- Compose a critical review and synthesis of published literature.
- Appraisal of the contextual needs of the applied setting.
- Planning and securing ethical approval for the research.
- Generate experimental data and analysis using appropriate statistical tests.
- Writing up and submission of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisors.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Collation, manipulation and analysis of data may be an integral part of the research conducted and the thesis presented.|
|Communication||Students will be expected to develop advanced communication skills, in particular written communication, through the presentation of a research thesis in an appropriate academic style and in accordance with University guidelines.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students need to demonstrate good organizational skills in order to carry out their research work and ultimately produce a thesis in a timely and effective manner.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and where appropriate use software statistical packages to analysis their results.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||It is intended that the techniques and skills developed during this module will have a direct application to student's future careers. Vocational skills, both within their subject specialism and more general transferable skill, will be developed to a high level.|
|Problem solving||Students are required to design and implement an investigational protocol in order to address a specific research question.|
|Research skills||Students are required to critically evaluate previous research work during the production of a Literature review and then generate, analyse and interpret their own research data.|
|Subject Specific Skills||In depth technical knowledge of the dissertation subject area.|
|Team work||Students may have the opportunity for developing their team skills if their dissertation work requires them to work within a research team. However the emphasis in this module is on independent research.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7