PHY8003 : Research Skills II: Project Proposal
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Thomas Billam
- Practical Supervisor: Dr Pablo Docampo
- Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||15|
The overall aim of the Module is to furnish the student with the critical thinking and planning to prepare a technical, organised and high-level research proposal, directed towards their dissertation project. The students will carry out a literature review of their chosen project to help plan the overall objectives and build on the current level of knowledge in the area of research.
They will then prepare a detailed project proposal. As part of this module they will also experience being part of a research community in joining the research group seminars and school research seminars, gaining exposure to both narrow and broad research topics. They will also present a Physics “journal club”-style oral presentation based around their chosen topic.
Outline Of Syllabus
Project planning and budgeting.
Literature search of the research area.
Designing a project proposal.
Timelines and GANT charts.
Participate within a research group, including attending research group seminars.
Gain exposure to wider research activities by attending the school research seminar series.
Present a Physics journal club talk.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||28:00||28:00||Preparation for dissertation proposal|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:30||30:00||Research seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Journal club presentation preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||3:00||3:00||“Writing Your Research Project Proposal” course offered by the PGRDP or alternative|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Preparation for proposal talk|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||12||1:00||12:00||Project supervision guidance|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||5||1:00||5:00||Tutorial guided by project supervisor to refine project proposal.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||32||1:00||32:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Seminar attendance, guided self-study and research supervision will promote critical thinking and reflection as they undertake active learning on the construction of scientific reports and articles, leading to a critique of a case study of a research article in a presentation within the Physics Journal club, guided by the supervisor. This will promote a deep understanding and appreciation of scientific methods and communication.
Preparation for project work is the responsibility of the student, but is facilitated by interaction with peers, the module leader, the project supervisor and other research group members. This module gives students the opportunity to learn and practise skills in preparing a research proposal. The students will attend the course “Writing Your Research Project Proposal” course offered by the PGRDP to acquire the necessary knowledge to prepare the project proposal. Presenting the project plan to the research group will also provide further feedback before final preparation of the dissertation proposal gain experience in communicating science. Regular supervisor meetings will help to refine the project plan and focus it towards the dissertation research.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||15||1||M||25||Proposal talk to research group - 10 minutes plus 5 for questions|
|Written exercise||1||M||50||Dissertation proposal|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||25||Assessment of student’s performance during the Physics Journal Club presentation|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The dissertation proposal tests the student’s ability to assimilate scientific information, provide suitable references, motivate a problem, critically evaluate the state-of-the-art of the field, and plan a project. The oral presentation will assess the student’s ability to prepare and deliver a short summary of their proposed project in a clear and concise format to an audience of peers in a time-limited fashion.
Professional skills, including interpersonal communication, teamwork, planning and organising, and initiative will all be assessed through the participation in the research group seminars and the journal club oral presentation.