Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Students can express preference from a wide range of subjects and will be allocated a one-to-one academic supervisor to guide you throughout completion of this module. Initially, your project supervisor will suggest some background reading to help familiarise yourself with the topic. This will help you to formulate a more specific research question. You will use appropriate databases to probe the literature, evaluating both primary and secondary sources (published papers, review articles textbooks etc). Supervisors will be available for one-to-one meetings throughout this research phase of the module to discuss your progress and key findings. When ready, you will then write your dissertation to summarise the topic and resolve the primary question in a critical, evidence-based manner, for example, highlighting any differences of opinion amongst the scientific community and offering supporting evidence as appropriate. The dissertation should be communicated at a level appropriate for publication.The ability to assimilate, précis and report on complex issues is an important skill valued by many employers, both scientific and non-scientific.
To introduce students to the concept, philosophy and approach of performing scientific research by conducting an extensive literature survey to resolve scientific problems using individual initiative and presenting findings in a scholarly fashion.
Intended Learning Outcomes
formulate a scientific question to drive a hypothesis-led avenue of research: 1integrate and synthesise material from different sources: 1interpret and summarise key research findings, identify gaps in current knowledge and propose areas for future study: 1produce a scientific dissertation that critically appraises a scientific hypothesis and presents an evidence-based argument: 1critically appraise scientific literature: 1
15 hours: meetings with supervisor95 hours: private study40 hours: preparation of dissertation
1: Dissertation weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
5,000 word dissertationStudents are presented with a general research area and, with the help of a 1:1 academic supervisor, formulate an appropriate scientific question to drive a hypothesis-led avenue of enquiry. Through critical evaluation of both primary and secondary literature, students formulate a cohesive and evidence-based argument to resolve the central hypothesis.