NES8002 : Research Dissertation Project
- Offered for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Edwards
- Other Staff: Mrs Helen Adamson, Dr David Coles, Dr Julia Cooper, Dr Martin Jones, Dr Agnieszka Bronowska, Dr Gavin Stewart, Professor William Willats, Dr Andrew Pike
- 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. These projects will enable students 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 an individual’s 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
The student will either select a project from a list of titles provided by the Degree Programme Director (DPD) or they will work with their DPD or a nominated project coordinator during semester 1 to develop an appropriate project for their discipline. In each case the project will enable students to undertake an in depth research project where the student can show their research, analytical, interpretive, critical and design skills.
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||120:00||120:00||Dissertation writing|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Oral presentation (including preparation)|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||260:00||260:00||Research leading to dissertation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||10||2:00||20:00||Module leader drop in session.“Office hours” when ML will be available for general module queries.|
|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.
Dissertation 1 - “The dissertation mark includes a report from the primary supervisor on the overall attitude, motivation, input, independence, technical ability and professionalism of the student during their research project. The supervisor’s report contributes 10% of the Dissertation mark”