Module Identifier RD25520  
Module Title PROJECT  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Graham P Harris  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Charles J Newbold, Dr Iwan G Owen  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Major Project: Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-present an amended project  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Outcome 1

Design a suitable project using a technical report format.

Performance criteria:
a. The subject is analysed in suitable sub-sections in relation to the project title.
b. The format for the submission of the project is followed.

Dependent on subject area.
Suitable sub-sections: title page, summary, acknowledgements, table of contents, introduction, review of literature,
materials and methods (if applicable), results (if applicable), discussion, conclusions, recommendations, appendices,
Format: 60 pages maximum length excluding material other than text
Typed and bound
3 copies.

Outcome 2
Present an introduction and reasons for studying the subject area.
Performance criteria:
a. The general introduction to the subject provides a background to the topic studied.
b. The significance and context of the subject area within the industry is stated.
c. The aims of the project are presented.
d. The limitations of the project/scope of study are identified and presented.
Dependent on subject area.

Outcome 3
Undertake a review of literature.
Performance criteria:
a. Relevant information is selected and included in the review.
b. A range of information sources covering the scope of the subject is presented.
c. Information is compiled, selected, interpreted and summarised in the student's own words.
d. Reference to published material is cited appropriately in the text.
Dependent on subject area.
Information Sources: books, journal articles, press, personal communications, other
published material, results from other investigations (where applicable).
Reference citation: Harvard system.

Outcome 4
Use an appropriate case study to investigate the issues/subject area.
Performance criteria:
a. The case study is presented in a suitable format
b. The case study highlights the issues outlined in the introduction and review
Suitable case study: dependent on subject area.

Outcome 5
Assess and evaluate information and data presented in the review of literature and/or case study.
Performance criteria:
a. A critical and technical appraisal of the information gathered is presented. Case study information is evaluated with reference to other material in published literature, where applicable.
b. Relevant information is interpreted and discussed without bias.
c. Conclusions are identified and presented (from a valid interpretation of case study information where applicable).
Dependent on subject area.

Outcome 6
Present recommendations for future work/guidelines
Performance criteria:
a. Recommendations resulting from the study are presented.
b. Suitable guidelines or recommendations for future work, with reasoning, are identified and presented.
c. An awareness of the limitation(s) of the study demonstrated.
Dependent on subject area.

Outcome 7
Present recommendations for future work/guidelines.
Performance criteria:
a. Recommendations resulting from the study are presented.
b. Suitable guidelines or recommendations for future work, with reasoning, are
   identified and presented.
c. An awareness of the limitation(s) of the study is demonstrated.
Dependent on subject area.
Common Skills and competencies assessed (where applicable to individual
Managing and Developing Self
Competence 2 - Manage own roles and responsibilities.
Competence 4 - Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations and contexts.
Working with and relating to others
Competence 6 - Relate to and interact effectiively with individuals and groups.
Competence 8 - Receive and response to a variety of information
Competence 9 - Present information in a variety of visual forms
Competence 10 - Communicate in writing
Competence 11 - Participate in oral and non-verbal communication
Managing tasks and solving problems
Competence 12 - Use information
Competence 13 - Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine tasks.
Competence 14 - Identify and solve routine and non-routine tasks.
Applying design and creativity
Competence 17 - Apply a range of skills and techniques to develop a variety of ideas in
   the creation of new/modified products, services and situation.
Competence 18 - Use a range of thought processes.

Brief description

The project module involves the student in technical report writing and detailed analysis of specific subject areas. The discipline and thoroughness of the process is an essential skill for all HND students.

The final year project will take the form of an extended case study/feasibility study into a particular problem or subject area. It will require the investigation and evaluation of a precise problem/subject area by means of information retrieval from various sources. The project will require evaluation data/information collected from case studies.

The project will be submitted as a technical report. It will cross link and integrate information and skills acquired in several course modules. The project will develop skills in organisation, information retrieval, technical report writing, evaluation and interpretation of data from different sources, problem tackling, decision making, and formulating conclusions and recommendations.


This module is at CQFW Level 5