Module title: Honours Project

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

Module code: SSC10106
Module leader: Nick Cimini
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science
Prerequisites

SSC09110 - Researching the Social Sciences

2019/0, Trimester 2, Self Study Pack, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Self Study Pack
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Cimini
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will be orientated towards high-level independent study based on the preparatory work conducted in previous research modules. Moodle is used to provide detailed guidance notes and examples of all parts of the dissertation process. Drop-in workshops offer students the opportunity to discuss with each other, and to share information and strategies under the guidance of their supervisor. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for setting goals, monitoring progress, framing research questions and scholarly writing.

Formative Assessment:
It is important that a module such as this - with only a single component of summative assessment - has identifiable points for formative assessment. These take place at different points in the trimester. These will be subject to individual negotiations between the project supervisor and the individual student. This is designed to develop student autonomy through one-to one discussion of their work.


Summative Assessment:
The final project is an independent project report which covers LOs 1-5.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 394
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module does not have a taught component. Students work individually with a supervisor to finalise their proposals, plan, carry out and write up their research.


Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Develop an appropriate research question
LO2: Select and critically evaluate appropriate secondary sources from existing research
LO3: Select an appropriate design for the collection and analysis of data, drawing on a range of qualitative and/or quantitative techniques
LO4: Design and conduct appropriate data collection, analytical and interpretative strategies for individual research
LO5: Demonstrate the research, presentation and practical skills required to produce an independent, coherent piece of extended research.


Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - BELL, J. (2014) DOING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT: A GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME RESEARCHERS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SCIENCE,: MAIDENHEAD: MCGRAW-HILL OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS, 6th ed. - ISBN: 9780335264469
Recommended - BLACK, J. & MACRAILD, (2007) STUDYING HISTORY: BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN., 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9781403987341
Recommended - BELL, J. (2014) DOING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT: A GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME RESEARCHERS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SCIENCE: MAIDENHEAD: MCGRAW-HILL OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS, 6th ed. - ISBN: 9780335264469
Recommended - BLACK, J. & MACRAILD, D.M. (2007) STUDYING HISTORY: BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN., 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9781403987341
Recommended - COOLICAN, H. (2009) RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY: LONDON: HODDER EDUCATION, 5th ed. - ISBN: 9780340983447
Recommended - HART, C. (2001) DOING A LITERATURE REVIEW,: LONDON: SAGE., 1st ed. - ISBN: 0761959742
Recommended - MASON, J (2002) QUALITATIVE RESEARCHING: LONDON: SAGE., 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0761974270
Recommended - SMITH, K., TODD, M. AND WALDMAN, J. (2009) DOING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE SOCIAL SCIENCE DISSERTATION: LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780415467483
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