Module title: Research/Work-Based Project [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MIC10602
Module leader: Donald Morrison
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2018/9, Trimester 3, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donald Morrison
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Initial lectures will 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 project, 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. The student is expected to negotiate the content and aims of their project which will be stated explicitly in the project proposal (LO1). The Project Proposal must be approved, prior to the student embarking upon its implementation, by their project supervisor as well as the module leader. Through Moodle, students will have online access to materials (at a time, place and pace that suits them) that will support the development of their learning agreement as well as resources to facilitate their learning and the use of appropriate work-related project skills, critical thinking and analysis, reflection, problem solving and decision making tools. Students will be supported throughout the module by an academic supervisor (and where appropriate, a line-manager/project supervisor). Tutor support is provided via e-mail and online tutorials that flexibly utilise asynchronous and synchronous forms of communication to meet individual needs or face to face communication as requested. As the Project is implemented the student will compile a Laboratory Record Book to document the application of appropriate methodologies and in which data will be organised and analysed (LO3). This will then be used to develop a detailed report of the Results and Data Analysis, including evidence of critical thinking (LO4 and LO5).

Formative Assessment:
There will be an opportunity for formative feedback at three stages – feedback will be given on a draft of the Project Proposal prior to submission, following the Oral Presentation and on a draft of the Project Report prior to final submission.

Summative Assessment:
The first summative assessment is based on the production of a Project Proposal (25%). The second summative assessment is based on the student’s Oral Presentation of the project to peers and tutors (15%). The third summative assessment is based on the final Project Report which synthesises all of the work embodied in the project (60%).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 383
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 25 1 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Oral Presentation 15 2,3,4,5 17 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 60 2,3,4,5 19 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will conduct an independent research and/or work-related project, developing skills in project planning and time management, critical analysis and interpretation of data, and the ability to communicate the results of a study. You will design, develop and implement an investigation either in a topic of relevance to your field of study or in a project that is of benefit to the organisation as well as your own professional development. The module requires you to apply knowledge and skills to developing appropriate solutions to work related issues/challenges/problems. With your project supervisor (and, where appropriate, your line manager).
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/work-related project, 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:

LO1: Prepare a project proposal, based on identification and review of relevant literature, consideration of experimental design and methodologies, safety considerations and feasibility;
LO2: Develop a programme of independent research/study, using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools/methodologies.
LO3: Apply appropriate methodologies and organise and analyse data derived
LO4: Analyse results and present them in the context of previously published information, as part of a detailed report, to appropriate standards of presentation
LO5: Present the results of the investigation visually and orally to an audience of peers and tutors

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