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ACE2069 : Dissertation and Research Preparation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
  • Other Staff: Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Dr Dave George, Dr Joe Matthews, Dr Jon Telling, Professor Guy Garrod, Dr Ankush Prashar
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To build on academic and professional skills learned in Stage 1. Particularly to prepare students for their research projects in terms of experimental design, statistical analysis and presentation and project planning.

Outline Of Syllabus

Quantitative research: sampling and experimental design
Summary statistics, comparing categorical data, T tests ANOVA, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, Chisquared
Links between continuous data: univariate regression, correlation, interaction
Multivariate regression
Project planning and management
Advanced research and writing skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Online lecture material via Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:0040:00Assessment preparation and completion
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading81:008:00Reading around and consolidation of notes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical18:008:00PiP Computer practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PiP online tutorials / seminars
Guided Independent StudySkills practice210:0020:00Skills practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Synchronous online drop in sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching will be via NSO online material, lectures and practicals, with online and computer practical drop-ins. for stats.
Dissertation MLs will work with students on project proposals, and I will support this further with a seminar and SO drop in.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M70analysis and presentation of data
Report2M30project proposal with short literature review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Report 1 addresses KO1 and SO2
Report 2 addresses SO1, SO3 and SO4

Reading Lists