Module title: Research Project [Hong Kong]

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

Module code: BMS11607
Module leader: Mick Rae
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mick Rae
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of directed study, literature searches, project design (LOs 1&2); data gathering (LOs 3,4&5); data analysis and problem solving, including lectures on use of statistics (LO 3); and report writing (LO 4&6) is used to develop research and professional skills.
Regular meetings between supervisor(s) and student allows student to present data (LO3) and discuss experimental technique (LO5) allowing for feed-forward from academic staff and peers. By its nature, this module links research with teaching, whereby the student conducts an independent piece of research under the expert guidance of a supervisor.
Several key employability skills are embedded and assessed:
a) Project planning and management,
(b) Data acquisition skills and information gathering
(c) Problem-solving skills – as well as project aims and objectives, students are required to address any incidental issues and concerns throughout the duration of the project
(d) Individual initiative and self-motivation,
(e) Numeracy and/or analytical skills,
(f) Presentation and communication skills - assessed in the final reports
(g) IT – students use online literature search engines, data-handling software.
The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide module resource including direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework, detailed guidelines and marking criteria, examples of previous submissions. Reflecting the discipline, students use a wide range of technology to accomplish laboratory work, data collection and analysis, and in silico analysis.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is given to the students on drafts of work by project supervisors. In addition students will receive one-to-one feedback directly from their supervisor on a regular basis throughout the project. Students will also be expected to use the feedback given on the assessed project proposal when writing the final dissertation.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment comprises submission of a project proposal which assists the student in research design and preparation (submitted in week 8, Trimester 2 and worth 10%; LO1&2), final dissertation (word limit of 10,000) in week 29 worth 75% of the module assessment (LOs 3, 5 & 6). The remainder 15% of the module will be allocated in relation to the performance during the project (LOs 3-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 572
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Project Supervision 20
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1&2 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Dissertation 75 3, 5 & 6 29 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Discussion/Participation 15 3, 4 & 5 29 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
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 quantitative or qualitative non-laboratory-based research. 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: on-line literature searches, literature review, project formulation, hypothesis generation, experimental desig,. development of practical skills/research technique, data generation/collection and analysis; use of appropriate statistical analysis, evaluation of findings, critical analysis and conclusions, with reference to supporting literature; communication of original research results in a report.

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: Analyse and critically appraise experimental data, or metadata
LO4: Exercise appropriate judgement, self-reliance, initiative and time management
LO5: Critically explore solutions to practical problems
LO6: Evaluate, critically reflect and communicate the original research results through the production of a fully referenced report

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