Project Research - CO885

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Canterbury
(version 2)
Spring 7 15 (7.5) DR D Chu checkmark-circle

Overview

The crowning piece of most Masters degrees is the Masters Project in which you apply a wide range of skills learned in the taught modules to an interesting research problem or practical application of your choice. The Project Research module provides useful transferable skills for doing the project, and supports you in some preparatory tasks such as literature study and project planning.

Details

This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 110
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
Series of in-class exercises, may be undertaken and assessed on a group basis (total 12%)
Critical review (43%)
Mini-conference, may be undertaken and assessed on a group basis (45%)

13.2 Reassessment methods
Like for like.

Indicative reading

W Booth, G C Colomb & J M Williams, The craft of research, University of Chicago
Press, 2nd edition, 2003.
T Greenfield (Ed), Research methods: a guide for postgraduates, Arnold, 2nd edition,
2002.
J Kirkman, Good style, E&FN Spon (1997)
J Kirkman, Guidelines for giving effective presentations, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2005.
A Fink, Conducting Research Literature Reviews, Sage, 1998
A Fink & J Kosecoff, How to conduct surveys, Sage, 3rd edition, 2005
S Toulmin, R Rieke and A Janik, An introduction to reasoning, Prentice-Hall, 1984.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 start their Masters Project, both in terms of preparatory work for their specific choice of project and in terms of general skills as listed below;
8.2 understand the nature of research and be able to frame a research question;
8.3 plan a research project: this will include being able to perform an analysis of a research topic to identify (i) objectives for the research, (ii) prior research in the area, (iii) the value of the research in terms of possible outcomes and (iv) the probable methodology, action plan or approach to the research;
8.4 document their analysis in the form of a reasoned argument;
8.5 demonstrate an introductory understanding of the nature of intellectual property and be able to use a variety of resources to gather information.
8.6 understand issues arising in the design and analysis of experiments in computing, including simulation study.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Work as part of a group;
9.2 Manage and organise their time;
9.3 Communicate effectively;
10. A synopsis of the curriculum
The crowning piece of most Masters degrees is the Masters Project in which you apply a wide range of skills learned in the taught modules to an interesting research problem or practical application of your choice. The Project Research module provides useful transferable skills for doing the project, and supports you in some preparatory tasks such as literature study and project planning.

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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