Core Module Information
Module title: Research Project [60 Credits]

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

Module code: ENV10112
Module leader: Claire Garden
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Understanding of experimental design, research methodology and data analysis and presentation.

Description of module content:

The content of this module is driven by the needs and requirements of your individual project, and thus is highly diverse and individualised. There is however a core content, so you will design a scientific investigation, manage your time and plan your project , together with data collection and analysis, use of appropriate information technology and statistical analysis to guide the interpretation of your data and the presentation and reporting of your research results in different formats. You are also required to attain appropriate levels of knowledge of safe practice in the laboratory or field as required by your individual project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

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 research in order to test appropriate hypotheses; archive and collate information collected in a way that facilitates data sharing and reproduction of results obtained.
LO4: Synthesise results and evaluate them in the context of previously published information; present summary of work using suitable scientific communication formats.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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 sessions will focus on project planning, as well as consideration of safety issues appropriate to your area of study and data organisation and documentation (LO1-3). Subsequent contact with supervisors is highly individualised, and will equip you with the skills needed to utilise appropriate techniques and tools to undertake your research, analyse data appropriately and present your work to appropriate standards of presentation (LO1-4). Although supervision will be provided, much of the module is premised on your active and autonomous engagement in your chosen area of research. There will also be sessions organised to provide opportunities to evaluate exemplar posters and peer-group feedback on interpretation of data collected. The research project is a key vehicle for the development of your employability and scholarship skills, notably time management, independence, self-motivation and organisation, synthesis and analysis of diverse information and presentation skills.

Formative Assessment:
Formative support will be provided by your supervisor(s) throughout the project period. Feedback on your proposal (LO1) will feed forward into your project report (LO1-4). In addition formative feedback will be provided on a draft of your project report (excluding the discussion, LO1-4) and your poster presentation (LO2-4) prior to submission.

Summative Assessment:
Your summative assessment is based on your proposal (LO1), final written project report (LO1-4) and poster presentation (LO2-4). The report will be written in a concise, scientific paper-style format. Posters will be displayed at organised poster sessions to allow staff and peers to view work undertaken and also assessment of the actual posters by staff.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 2
Face To Face Project Supervision 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 586
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV10112 Research Project