- Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Workshop||4 x 1 Hour Workshops|
|Lecture||4 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Tutorial||15 x 1 Hour Tutorials|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Write a suitable research proposal.
2. Carry out their research proposal competently and efficiently undertake an in-depth literature review.
3. Present results obtained and evaluate them using an appropriate statistical analysis; discuss in depth their chosen subject area
4. Work to a planned timetable.
5. Produce a learned report of the investigation in the form of a dissertation.
The dissertation will normally be experimental in nature, investigating a subject of the student's choice and subject to a supervisor's approval. The normal guidelines/regulations on MSc Dissertation as outlined in the University Calendar will stand.
To provide the students with the opportunity for an in-depth investigation of an appropriate topic. It is intended that the skills and discipline required to write a scholarly paper or report on a specified subject will be developed to an advanced level. The module will provide the opportunity to specialise in a particular aspect of the discipline.
It will achieve this by considering the following areas:
- Introductory session detailing the requirements of a dissertation
- Tutorials to give guidance and arrange appropriate dissertation research work, culminating in the production of a research proposal
- A period of approximately 3 months experimental work/data gathering under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor
- Writing up and submission of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor
|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 skills, 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 collect, 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