Module Catalogue 2020/21

HSS2300 : Combined Honours Second Year Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Sarah Graham
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To provide an opportunity for students undertaking Combined Honours to undertake a research project into one or a combination of their subjects of study or a related field. This may be interdisciplinary, cross disciplinary or drawn from a single discipline in focus. Projects may be individual or part of a small team at the student’s option. This module will give students the opportunity to foster autonomy, choice and responsibility through two processes: co-designing the module with staff and through developing their own project. However the staff will provide guidance and support throughout these processes. The focus of this module is very much on developing competence in research (professional and academic) through enquiry based learning and allowing students to learn through experience and reflection.

Outline Of Syllabus

No previous knowledge of research is required. There are two modes of support; workshops to introduce and develop appropriate process skills to undertake research and complete the module successfully; and individual/small team supervision. Given the likely diversity of the range of topics and individual student approaches to the projects these will need to be highly flexible in scope and tailored to need.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The aim is to co-design the module with the participating students therefore it is inappropriate to specify learning outcomes too exactly before this process is undertaken. However given the aim of the module we can expect all students:
1. To have explored in depth a topic from, or related to, your subjects of study or a related field, drawing on, and demonstrating appropriate knowledge from that field or fields.
2. To have applied rigorous research approaches to investigating the research question
3. To be able to construct a proposal or report detailing the research undertaken, and synthesising the evidence gathered about the topic under investigation.
4. To include a fresh approach or perspective to at least one aspect of the project.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Have developed and can demonstrate the skills of researching a self-selected topic in depth.
2. Have developed and can demonstrate the self-management skills of working independently and/or in a small peer team, planning and organising, adaptability, decision making and problem solving.
3. Demonstrate reflection and be able to communicate that.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion141:0041:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Workshops and action learning sets
Guided Independent StudyProject work1140:00140:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:00Individual/team
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The whole class events will enable guidance to be given and to discuss on both the process of undertaking the projects and co-determining all module parameters in partnership. Supervision will be offered to (individual) and are to ensure progress, provide formative feedback and feed forward, and facilitate problem solving and supported independent learning.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100The exact composition of this to be determined with the student.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As this module will be co-created with the students undertaking it, it is essential to leave the format/details open at this point. The co-design proves (in consultation and partnership with the students) determine details of the assessments such as weighting, timing and deadlines, format and criteria.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.