This module provides an opportunity for students to work in groups to tackle open ended research problems. Project themes vary from industry linked projects to academic research and education/outreach projects. Students develop a variety of presentation skills and team work within the module as well as open ended project work.
Total contact hours: 56
Private study hours: 94
Total study hours: 150
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Assignment – report, 10,000 words (50%)
Assignment – poster (10%)
Presentation – 30 minutes (30%)
Performance – intra-group peer assessment (10%)
None - as this will depend entirely on the research needed to conduct the individual projects.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an ability to identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems, and to make approximations necessary to obtain solutions.
Demonstrate an ability to present and interpret information graphically.
Demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific information, in particular to produce clear and accurate scientific reports.
Demonstrate an ability to make use of appropriate texts, research-based materials or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of problem-solving skills, in the context of both problems with well-defined solutions and open-ended problems; an ability to formulate problems in precise terms and to identify key issues, and the confidence to try different approaches in order to make progress on challenging problems. Numeracy is subsumed within this area.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of investigative skills in the context of independent investigation including the use of textbooks and other available literature, databases, and the interaction with colleagues to extract important information.
Show communication skills in the area of dealing with surprising ideas and difficult concepts, including listening carefully, reading demanding texts and presenting complex information in a clear and concise manner. C&IT skills are an important element to this.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.
Show personal skills – the ability to work independently, to use initiative, to organise oneself to meet deadlines and to interact constructively with other people.
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