NES8002 : Research Dissertation Project
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Edwards
- Other Staff: Dr Agnieszka Bronowska, Professor William Willats, Dr Aileen Mill, Mrs Helen Adamson, Dr Julia Cooper, Dr Roy Sanderson, Dr Martin Jones, Dr Michael Hall, Dr Pete Robertson
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 3 Credit Value:||55|
The aim of this module is for the student to complete an independent research project in an area directly related to their degree. The student will normally select a project from a list of titles provided by the School of Natural and environmental Sciences that will enable them to undertake an in depth research project where the student can show their research, analytical, interpretive, critical and design skills. Some projects may be group project where a team of students will work together on different aspects a single problem. In these cases the students will work together to gather information but each report must be unique and be focused on the students own data. Data from other students may be used to inform the wider aspects of the research but must not be central to the submitting student’s work
Outline Of Syllabus
Students will select a project title appropriate to their course and their interests from a list of projects provided by SNES academics. The students will select 3 potential projects before Christmas in order of preference and only one project per supervisor. The projects will then be allocated to the students based on their selections and the number of projects that can managed by the individual supervisors. Any students who are unable to receive one of their 3 choices will meet with the Module Leader (or deputy) to identify a suitable project.
The students will write a Project Inception Report (PIR) that will be the design spec for their project.
In semester 3 (and earlier if needed and student workload allows) the student will undertake an individual research project under the supervision of the project supervisor (or appropriate deputy). This project will answer a specific research question and test the student’s ability to advance their knowledge and research skills in this subject.
The student will produce a research paper based on their research in the format of a high quality journal appropriate for their research.
The student will then deliver a 10 minute presentation at the end of their research to an audience of students and academics the demonstrates their ability to explain their research and its conclusions to an audience and to answer questions based upon their research.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Oral presentation (including preparation)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||120:00||120:00||Dissertation writing|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||260:00||260:00||Research leading to dissertation|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||170:00||170:00||Includes background reading and reading notes for a full understanding of material.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||15||1:00||15:00||Meetings with Supervisory team|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The students practise and develop their discipline related skills and knowledge, and their generic skills, through independent study of an individual research project. They gain the skills and knowledge delivered by the module by “learning through doing” as they undertake the project. They are supported by one or more academic supervisors who advise on experimental methodology and result interpretation.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||15||3||A||10||10 minute presentation on the dissertation followed by 5 minutes of questions|
|Dissertation||3||M||80||Approx. 7000 words, to be written in the style of the most appropriate high quality journal for the subject|
|Report||2||M||10||Project plan and design, risk assessment, and COSHH, ethical assessment and timeline. Approx 2000 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The aim of the assessment is to test the student’s ability to design a research project (Project Inception Report) to answer a specific research question, to undertake and report that investigation and to present the information both to an audience in the form of an oral presentation and a journal paper.