|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written report (4000 words maximum)||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written report Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Assess and evaluate information from a range of sources.
2. Interpret the results of data analyses in academic literature.
3. Draw out conclusions and discuss these in relation to existing knowledge.
4. Highlight unanswered questions and areas of controversy in their research area and formulate suggestions for future research.
5. Use appropriate writing and IT skills to present the context, research questions and conclusions in written report.
The intellectual tasks involved in preparing report will include:
1. Writing a structured review that indicates a systematic approach to problem solving
2. Evaluating written comments in popular and peer reviewed literature
3. Investigating and evaluating data analyses in the academic literature. Some reports may extend to more formal statistical analysis, but this will not be obligatory.
4. Considering conflicting evidence, and identifying aspects of experimental design and research methodologies that give rise to this conflict.
5. Identification of gaps in research and future directions for the research area.
An introductory lecture will provide guidance on how to approach the research. Optional fortnightly drop-in clinics will be held to provide advice on specific aspects of the preparation of the report.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will interpret data analyses. Some mathematical treatment of the data in the literature may be present.|
|Communication||Students undertaking the project will develop effective listening skills during supervisory meetings – this will be assessed through the interpretation of these in the final work. Written literacy will also be developed through production of the research dissertation.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||This module will help students develop and apply realistic learning and self-management strategies. Students will devise personal action plans to include goals, and to review and monitor progress, revising action plans as appropriate to improve overall performance.|
|Information Technology||Literature searches, analysis of data, presentation of data, and preparation of the final report will require the use of IT. Some students may do some statistical manipulation of the data using statistical software packages.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Will develop transferable skills in the evaluation and application of research findings.|
|Problem solving||Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate primary literature and apply creative thinking to identify gaps in research.|
|Research skills||The module requires students to understand and evaluate a range of research methods and produce a report.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Subject-specific skills developed will depend on the nature of the topic chosen.|
|Team work||Not a specific element of this module.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6