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Module

TCP8025 : Linked Research Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Roger Burrows
  • Lecturer: Dr Andrew Donaldson
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

The Linked Research Project (LRP) (TCP8025) is designed to give students the opportunity to work on an academic research project at an advanced level. Research is linked to that of a member of academic staff in one of the fields of their current research.

The aims of the LRP are to allow students to:

• gain greater access to the body of expertise, literature, and data associated with a specialised field of study;
• develop a specialist capability within an area of planning or regulatory activity; and
• generate academic materials for publication in high-quality journals.

The objective of TCP8025 is therefore to provide first-hand experience in the application of research methods and techniques to a planning-related issue or problem.

The LRP is an academic piece of research. It is not a practice issues report, nor a consultancy report; although the subject of the research may be a planning issue. The LRP should produce research of a high academic standard, of a quality which should be publishable in an academic journal. The LRP also provides an opportunity to improve certain skills, including report writing and graphic skills in research.

Outline Of Syllabus

The academic member of staff is responsible for the development of a programme of work including staff-led lectures and seminars delivered on-line in real-time, providing student reading and organising student seminars. The work in the first half of Semester 1 is to provide a context for the development of the research project during the remainder of Semester 1.

It is expected that students will make a contribution to formulating the aims, objectives and scope of the research project element during Semester 1.

Precise research projects will be set up within each LRP, in Semester 1, with between 2 and 6 students on each project. The second half of Semester 1 will be concerned with developing the analytical and theoretical framework for the study, identifying data and information sources.

Students should be ready at the beginning of Semester 2 to commence collection of data. The remainder of Semester 2 will be devoted to data and information analysis and report writing. Staff are expected to be actively involved in each project, both during the development of the research projects in Semester 1, and during the data and information analysis stage in Semester 2.

The Module Leader will provide support and oversight to both staff leading individual LRPs and all of the students.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials32:006:00Combination of pre-recorded video and written briefings for module and individual LRPs
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching142:0028:00Combination of seminars, workshops and project supervision meetings dependent on the LRP selected
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities51:005:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion12:002:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity139:0039:00N/A
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials provide framing for the module and briefings for individual LRP topics. The initial semester 1 seminars are accompanied by structured reading activities to further introduce students to their chosen LRP topic area. Further seminars provide support for the developing of the research methodology and analytical framework to be used in research. Student led group activities focus on developing and managing the research projects. These are supported by non-synchronous online discussions and synchronous (online) project supervision meetings with staff to monitor student progress during the research phase of the work. Stage 4 MPlan students have completed 3 years of undergraduate study and a supported year in professional practice; they have a range of transferrable skills and familiarity with software that will enable them to adapt to remote project working via Zoom (for seminars and supervision meetings) and MS Teams (for student led activities and non-synchronous discussions).

Present in Person provision will be delivered at the programme Level for this module.

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
Essay1M332500 words. Annotated bibliography of literature and research materials gathered during semester 1.
Report2M67Group written research report 15,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The initial portfolio comprises a critically annotated bibliography of relevant literature and research materials gathered during semester 1 and provides the opportunity to assess knowledge and understanding of the applicability of research methodology. The written research report permits an assessment of the quality and capability of the students undertaking and managing the research project.

Reading Lists

Timetable