Module title: Scientific Research Project

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: ENV10100
Module leader: Claire Garden
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module:
MIC09101 Scientific Communication - Dissertation & Statistics

Equivalent learning: Level 9 statistics course

2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Claire Garden
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Initial lectures focus on project choice and planning, as well as consideration of safety issues appropriate to the area of study to enable students to derive a plan of work that is sound, safe and achievable (LO1). Subsequent contact with supervisors is highly individualised, and will equip the student with the skills needed to utilize appropriate techniques and tools to undertake their research, analyse data appropriately and present the work to appropriate standards of presentation (LO1-4). Although supervision will be provided, much of the module is premised on the active and autonomous engagement of the student in the chosen area of research.

Formative Assessment:
Initial discussions are held between the supervisor and student to determine the scope of the project work and informal formative feedback is provided on the project ideas as they are developed. Standardised formative assessment is also provided by supervisors on a draft of the Introduction, Methods and Results section of final project report, as well as the poster assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The first summative assessment is based on the production of a 2,500 word project plan prior to starting the actual project work, following formative guidance from supervisors. The second summative assessment consists of the combination of an 8,000 written research project report and A1 portrait poster, which synthesise all of the work embodied in the project.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 2
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 583
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1 3 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Final Year Project 70 1- 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 8000
Poster 20 2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content is driven by the needs and requirements of the individual projects, and thus is highly diverse and individualised. There is however a core content, which includes the design of scientific investigations, time management and project planning, data collection and analysis, use of appropriate information technology and statistical analysis to guide interpretation of data, and report presentation and development. All students are also required to attain appropriate levels of knowledge of safe practice in the laboratory or field.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Derive a project proposal, based on identification and review of relevant literature, consideration of experimental design and statistical analysis, and safety considerations
LO2: Develop a programme of independent research, using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools
LO3: Organise and analyse data derived from the research in order to test appropriate hypotheses
LO4: Synthesise results and present them in the context of previously published information, as part of a detailed scientific report and poster presentation, to appropriate standards of presentation

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