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SPE8302 : Research Project (Masters Thesis)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Stringer
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To provide students with the experience of conducting an original piece of research in speech and language sciences that addresses a theoretically motivated and clinically practical research question examining a new or existing assessment or intervention.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Locate and critically appraise existing research pertinent to topic of interest;
2.       Formulate answerable clinical research question(s) related to new or existing assessment or intervention practice;
3.       Submit research proposal and obtain staff approval to conduct proposed investigation;
4.       Submit application to relevant research ethics panels and obtain approval to conduct investigation;
5.       Collect and analyse data related to research question(s), using appropriate statistical analyses where appropriate;
6.       Interpret findings of investigation in light of existing research;
7.       Write up the investigation in the form of a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed research journal.
8.       Present poster summarising research project at end-of-programme research conference

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1200:00200:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Including Presentation of projects to rest of cohort (20 minutes) group discussion.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1391:00391:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time60:303:00Supervision with project supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Introduction to projects, discussion of format and topics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The student’s research and presentation skills, will be employed in the conduct of an original research investigation in the second and third year semesters of the programme, giving the student first-hand experience of all aspects of research from idea inception to formal presentation of research findings.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation1M80maximum 40 double-spaced pages, in the form of an article to be submitted to a scientific journal
Poster1M20Poster presentation, 5 minute oral presentation (may be recorded)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Oral and written presentation skills related to the aims of the module.

Submission of a thesis up to 40 double-spaced sides (word count will vary depending on target journal) (written communication, problem solving, numeracy, computer literacy)
The poster presentation will be aimed at conference submission and will allow students to practice peer review. Students will give a 5 minute oral presentation to support their poster. (written communication, problem solving, numeracy, computer literacy, oral presentation)

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