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Module

DTC4003 : Masters Research Project (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Susan Lennie
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to engage in cutting-edge research in an intensive research environment. Students will apply specific scientific and technical skills to solve complex research questions which advance the practice of nutrition and dietetics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Projects are individual and students will select a project in their area of interest. A range of techniques and a body of detailed knowledge appropriate to the area of research will be developed unique to each student. Students will work remotely and part-time during semester 1 to undertake appropriate reading and preparatory work. They will then carry out the original research under the guidance of an academic supervisor on campus, on a part-time basis in semester 2. Students write up the results of their research project in a project dissertation and make an oral presentation of their work at the end of the module. The module will also allow the student to demonstrate their professionalism and competence with respect to their project work.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Assessment preparation and delivery
Guided Independent StudyProject work1400:00400:00Development of research tools, data collection and analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Research supervisor meetings and support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study194:0094:00Reading relevant literature
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Module introduction
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation41:004:00Ethical and H&S responsibilities
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The student will develop a range of skills and will be trained to engage in research, producing an appropriate output in the form of their final project. Students will be fully engaged in the project selection and development through a dialogue with their project supervisor. They will gain hands on experience of a range of techniques used in nutrition and dietetic research (appropriate to their own project) and will be required to produce a written research dissertation. Although students will receive detailed guidance in the form of scheduled online lectures/seminars, to advise them on the process and completion of the project, in order to attain the intended learning outcomes and skills in full, it will be essential that students engage in a significant amount of private study as outlined. This will include research based fieldwork and practical experience in a range of research techniques. The amount of hours spent on private study will vary with the individual project but should be approximately as outlined in the teaching activities.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M80An 8000 word empirical research project (to publishable standard), excluding references
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Mini viva voce of the research proposal/ethics submission
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be required to submit an 8000 word empirical research project (to publishable standard). The project is intended to test the ability of students to conduct a substantial and independent project of research. The project will demonstrate their effectiveness in self-organisation and their ability to synthesize relevant research literature, in addition to the discovery and evaluation of relevant materials. The project will allow students to seek out an appropriate methodology, consider legal and ethical issues, collect data rigorously and effectively and present their written findings in a structured and analytical manner.

Viva voce assesses students’ ability to defend their research topic, methodology, rationale and analytical framework.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 50 or above and achieve at least 35 in each component of assessment to pass the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable