Module title: Research Project [60 credit]

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

Module code: SES11107
Module leader: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group:


2016/7, Trimester 3, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: NAPIER
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will have minimal face to face contact and instead will be using an independent study approach assisted by academic supervisors. This will be the case for learning outcomes 1-6. The module leader will assist the students to identify academic supervisors which are experts in particular areas of interest. Also, students will be provided with assistance with regards to internal processes i.e. ethics application and will be directed to appropriate resources i.e. library services, external collaborators for research projects etc.
Formative assessments: there will be a number of formative assessments staged throughout the module to assist in measuring your progress and identify areas needing further support. These will be delivered by academic project supervisors and will include feedback on drafts of work i.e. initial project area/literature review, project proposal, methods and analysis plans, ethics application, project portfolio, oral project presentation, dissertation chapter drafts etc.
Summative assessment will take place in weeks 6 and 14 of this module. Summative assessment will be applied to this module through two pieces of assessment work. Summative assessment in week 6 comprises a written project proposal/reflective portfolio (word limit of 2,500), which assists the student in research design and preparation, and contributes 20% to the assessment (LOs 1 & 2). Summative assessment comprises submission of a final dissertation (word limit of 10,000) in week 14, worth 80% of the module assessment (LOs 1 to 6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 570
Face To Face Lecture 2
Face To Face Project Supervision 28
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 20 1,2 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Dissertation 80 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 12000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will conduct an independent piece of research, either as a practical laboratory-based project, or a piece of qualitative research (e.g. interviews, focus groups, surveys). This involves design, development and implementation of a programme of research in a particular field of study relevant to your programme of study. You will critically analyse data/information generated, and communicate the outcomes in a written report, which will develop your skills in scientific writing. This will give you experience in summarising information and presentation skills.
This module includes: Structured on-line literature searches. Literature review. Project formulation. Hypothesis generation. Experimental design. Development of practical skills/research technique. Data generation/collection and analysis. Use of appropriate statistical analysis. Evaluation of findings, critical analysis, synthesis and conclusions, with reference to supporting literature. Communication of original research results in a report written in the style of a scientific paper.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Design, plan and implement 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: Evaluate, critically reflect and communicate the original research results through the production of a fully referenced report in the style of an original research article in a relevant scientific journal.

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