ACE3906 : Research Review and Application (20)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The Module aims to:
* provide students with experience of undertaking a literature investigation or small research project involving interpretation of published material such as they may experience in the workplace.
* provide student with the opportunity to apply research findings to a case study / practical situation
* develop students’ ability to evaluate and report information to others.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project involves the identification of a topic followed by interpretation of published information. Projects will usually include the application of research findings to a case study / practical situation.
Initial project topics are determined following consultation with the Module Leader and DPD through which a suitable supervisor will be found.
Projects are individual pieces of work undertaken and supported by an identified supervisor. Nevertheless, students will be required to take responsibility for the project including time management. Students will be expected to arrange an appropriate programme of meetings with their supervisor. Supervisors may comment on a first draft of the project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation of final study report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion25:0010:00preparation of posters (or leaflet or webpage).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Tutorials and skills development sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Poster (or leaflet or webpage) sessions
Guided Independent StudyProject work1110:00110:00student-led literature search and other research activities supported by the project supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision81:008:00Direct meetings with project supervisors
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The initial lecture by the Module Leader is to establish project supervision guidelines and operating procedures and this directly relates to skills outcomes 2 and 3. Workshops early in Semester 1 will consolidate academic library skills building on those developed in ACE2066, including searching for databases and referencing using database software such as Endnote and relate to skills outcomes 4, 5, 6 and 7. Library staff will support this process and attend at least one tutorial to provide guidance to the students. Small group teaching will also consolidate the research and information presentation skills needed demonstrate advanced word-processing skills linking to use of Endnote, use of section numbering, indexing documents etc. (skill outcome 7).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M704000 words, structured as a scientific report
Poster2M20Poster or leaflet or webpage, presenting outcomes/implications of the project.
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Supervisors report on engagement and project process
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are required to present a project outline and search strategy for assessment early in the Module demonstrating skills outcomes (1-3).

Students report on the overall findings and implications of their projects in a poster or leaflet or webpage session (open to Stage 2 students) demonstrating skills outcome 6 - this is scheduled to come before the final project hand-in so discussions can help to inform the final discussions/ conclusion.

The supervisors report allows a separate assessment of the research process alongside the outcome, which is assessed by the final report. The final report tests the student's ability to analyse and interpret information in the light of knowledge of the subject and the literature, and to prepare a substantial written dissertation in a style appropriate for publication in a scientific journal. This tests all LOs

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