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Module Title
Project Preparation (MSc)
Reference ASM022 Version 4
Created August 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved December 2004 SCQF Points 30
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 15

Aims of Module
To enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to effectively plan a short period of research work as preparation for a longer investigation. To provide an opportunity for preliminary research related work to be undertaken.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Plan and negotiate a satisfactory project planning learning agreement.
2 Apply a problem solving approach to all aspects of the research work detailed in the learning agreement, negotiating changes in the agreement if necessary.
3 Demonstrate professional competence in identifying appropriate reported work, critically appraising its relevance to the topic(s) being studied and presenting the research done.
4 Work autonomously with minimal guidance.
5 Produce to a professional standard a project plan to cover the work to be carried out at the MSc stage.

Indicative Module Content
Project Management: calculation of duration, sequencing of activities, resource profile. Techniques: networks, Gantt charts, critical paths, floats. Management: manning, monitoring, control. Research methods. Project Planning Agreement: The student is required to produce, after negotiating with his/her supervisory team, a satisfactory learning agreement to cover work to be done during the project planning stage. This agreement is completed and approved in advance. This learning agreement represents a "contract" between the student and the Programme Management Team. This agreement will include a critical appraisal of the relevant literature. Project Preparation: The student carries out the learning outcomes identified in the Project Preparation Agreement, normally on a six week period.

Module Delivery
The project management component is delivered through lectures and workshops.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 210 210
Non-Contact Hours 90 90
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 300 300
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 0% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 5
Description: Project Plan which will be assessed on a PASS/FAIL basis. The presentation does not contribute to the final Module Grade.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3, 4
Description: An aggregate mark consisting of a Literature Review (70%) and an Oral Defence (30%).

Explanatory Text
Grades based on criteria below.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A When the mark obtained for C2 is ≥70% and a PASS in C1.
B When the mark obtained for C2 is 60-69% and a PASS in C1.
C When the mark obtained for C2 is 50-59% and a PASS in C1.
D When the mark obtained for C2 is 40-49% and a PASS in C1.
E When the mark obtained for C2 is 35-39% and a PASS in C1.
F When the mark obtained for C2 is less than 35% and/or a FAIL in C1.
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Completion the PgCert Instrumental Analytical Sciences or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

In respect of preliminary practical investigations, the safe working practice of the Institution in which the work is being done must be followed, and course members must always follow procedures agreed in advance with the supervisors. The project preparation involves the planning and carrying out of preliminary work including planning, researching the literature and undertaking appropriate experiments.

1 The appropriate scientific bibliography will normally be recent journal publications.


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