CHE-40026 - MSci Independent Project
Coordinator: Vivienne G Heaton Tel: +44 1782 7 33115
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 60
Study Hours: 600
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

The independent project module enables the student to study a specific research topic in depth, to undertake experimental work to investigate fundamental aspects of that topic or to develop and evaluate new methods of investigation or analysis. The work will be supervised by a member of staff over the two semesters, with the first semester being devoted to researching and planning the project while the experimental work, data analysis and reporting of results are undertaken in the second semester. The results of the work will be reported orally at a student conference at Keele and a final written report submitted at the end of the semester.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:
Competently plan, organise and manage a programme of independent experimental work
Identify and critically review relevant literature and put their research plan into context
Competently execute a range of practical skills appropriate to the work of the project
Successfully apply, complete and critically review methods of data analysis appropriate to the experimental results generated in the project
Deliver a talk on a research topic they have completed and respond to questions, both with professional competence
Produce a concise and well-structured written report on the project work which would be acceptable in the professional context

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and critically evaluate the knowledge base of the project, and thereby possess a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, current research in the area; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
describe and explain in detail the techniques applicable to their own research project; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
describe and explain how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge within the framework of the project; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
evaluate critically current research, advanced scholarship and methodologies relevant to the project, based on a sound conceptual understanding; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate conclusions clearly to a specialist audience; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
work in a self-directed fashion in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks associated with the project; will be achieved by assessments: 2,3
use their skills in independent learning and self-management to advance their knowledge and understanding and to develop new subject-specific and generic skills to a higher level; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
apply the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment including, the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, in the context of this extended project. will be achieved by assessments: 2, 3

Study hours

Project induction 2 h
Scheduled supervisor contact over both semesters 24 h
Scheduled laboratory work in semester 2 150 h
Attendance and presentation at student conference 6 h
Project planning and preparation 36 h
Data analysis 60 h
Writing the project report 120 h
Preparing oral presentation 20 h
Supporting reading and self-guided study 182 h

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Presentation weighted 20%
Oral presentation at student conference
The student will prepare and present an illustrated talk of around 25 minutes and respond to questions on their project topic and the outcomes, to an audience of fellow students and staff at a student conference.

2: Report weighted 60%
Project report
The student will compile a report equivalent to 12,000 words on their project work and its outcomes.

3: Portfolio weighted 20%
Portfolio of work associated with the execution of the project
The student will maintain and submit a portfolio which reflects their progress through the project over the year. This will comprise the laboratory diary and a criterion referenced assessment by the supervisor of the competence demonstrated by the student over the course of the project, together with any other relevant material specific to the project.