Module title: Research Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: ENV11117
Module leader: Linda Gilpin
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group:
Prerequisites

There is no Pre Requisite for this Module

2016/7, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: NAPIER
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Gilpin
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Literature searching, project design, data collection, data analysis and problem solving including the use of appropriate statistics, have all been practiced in various contexts across the taught modules. This module builds on those skills and experiences gained through the completion of a PG Diploma and allows the students to demonstrate their competence in these aspects of science by taking responsibility for the design, execution and reporting of a significant research project.

The first assessment is a written project proposal produced following discussion with staff and any external collaborators. It should include any relevant risk assessments for travel and field work and contributes 10% towards the module. Following completion of the research project, the substantive assessment for the module is submission of a thesis (word limit of 10,000) in week 13, worth 75% of the module. The remaining 15% of the module will be allocated in relation to performance during the project. This relates to the degree of professionalism and independence exhibited. The opinion of any external collaborators will help to inform this grade.

Feedback on the project proposal will be designed to improve the design and execution of the final project. Examples of graded proposals and theses are available as feed forward. In addition, all students will have previously submitted a proposal in the Scientific Methods module, for which they will have received feedback.




Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 598
Face To Face Lecture 2
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600
Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1,2 3 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Discussion/Participation 15 3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Final Year Project 75 5,6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2017/8, Trimester 1, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Gilpin
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
It is best to make plans well in advance of the start of this module as developing project topics can be time consuming. Consequently, the Programme Moodle site contains relevant information to stimulate ideas. An introductory session highlighting relevant dates and the module structure will be recorded and made available to all students. Examples of previous project topics are available to indicate the breadth of possibilities but replication is not permitted. You are encouraged to develop your own project ideas and discuss these with relevant staff. In addition, staff may have links to organisations who have potential project suggestions and these will be advertised via the programme Moodle site. When you have identified a project, a staff member will act as advisor. They will supply feedback on your project proposal (LO1 and 2) designed to improve your final research paper. The required literature searching, project design, data collection, data analysis and problem solving including the use of appropriate statistics, have all been practiced in various contexts across the taught modules. This module builds on those skills and experiences gained through the completion of a PG Diploma and allows you to demonstrate your competence in these aspects of science by taking responsibility for the design, execution and reporting of a significant research project (LO6). You are not expected to work in isolation but the autonomy and maturity shown in your interactions with staff and external collaborators (LOs 3, 4 and 5) will form part of the final assessment.



Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 600
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600
Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1,2 3 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Discussion/Participation 15 3,4 & 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Final Year Project 75 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2017/8, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Gilpin
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
It is best to make plans well in advance of the start of this module as developing project topics can be time consuming. Consequently, the Programme Moodle site contains relevant information to stimulate ideas. An introductory session highlighting relevant dates and the module structure will be recorded and made available to all students. Examples of previous project topics are available to indicate the breadth of possibilities but replication is not permitted. You are encouraged to develop your own project ideas and discuss these with relevant staff. In addition, staff may have links to organisations who have potential project suggestions and these will be advertised via the programme Moodle site. When you have identified a project, a staff member will act as advisor. They will supply feedback on your project proposal (LO1 and 2) designed to improve your final research paper. The required literature searching, project design, data collection, data analysis and problem solving including the use of appropriate statistics, have all been practiced in various contexts across the taught modules. This module builds on those skills and experiences gained through the completion of a PG Diploma and allows you to demonstrate your competence in these aspects of science by taking responsibility for the design, execution and reporting of a significant research project (LO6). You are not expected to work in isolation but the autonomy and maturity shown in your interactions with staff and external collaborators (LOs 3, 4 and 5) will form part of the final assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 600
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600
Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1 & 2 3 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Discussion/Participation 15 3,4 & 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Final Year Project 75 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will design and conduct an independent research project. This may be a field or lab based study, a data analysis project or a piece of qualitative research (e.g. questionnaires). This involves design, development and implementation of a programme of research in a particular field of study relevant to your interests. You will critically analyse data/information generated, and communicate the outcomes in a research paper, which will develop your skills in scientific writing. You are encouraged to develop a project which meets your constraints in terms of location, funding and interests. Projects can be undertaken independently (provided health and safety concerns are met) or in collaboration with organisations locally or around the world.
As a full-time (FT) student, you will have one trimester to complete the module. If you are a part-time or distance learning student (PT/DL), you will have 2 trimesters to complete. In either case, you will develop a project proposal and complete any necessary risk assessments and ethics procedures prior to getting under way. In the case of FT students this proposal should be submitted by week 3 of the trimester while PT/DL students submit by week 5. In all cases, you should submit your final research paper by the end of week 13 of the appropriate trimester.
If your project idea cannot be completed in the trimester when you are due to take this module e.g. your focal species is not active at that time of year, you should consult staff as to possible options.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Design a valid research project
LO2: Generate a hypothesis, and devise suitable protocols in order to test that hypothesis
LO3: Collect and analyse data, or metadata, in a rigorous manner
LO4: Exercise appropriate self-reliance, initiative and time management
LO5: Apply valid investigative principles to the analysis and solution of practical problems
LO6: Select and evaluate appropriate literature to critically discuss original research findings.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - FOWLER, J., COHEN, L., JARVIS, P. (1998) PRACTICAL STATISTICS FOR FIELD BIOLOGY.: JOHN WILEY & SONS, CHICHESTER, 2nd ed.
BRYMAN, A (2016) SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, OXFORD, 5th ed.
DYTHAM, C. (2011) CHOOSING AND USING STATISTICS: A BIOLOGIST'S GUIDE.: WILEY-BLACKWELL, CHICHESTER., 3rd ed.
MORRISON, M.L. (2008) WILDLIFE STUDY DESIGN.: SPRINGER NEW YORK, NY., 1st ed.
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