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Module Title
Project Preparation (MSc)
Reference ASM022 Version 5
Created October 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved December 2004 SCQF Points 30
Amended February 2018 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 Produce a project plan to a professional standard. This will cover the risk assessment, ethics and costing of the practical work and methodology required for the MSc Project.
3 Apply a problem solving approach to all aspects of the research work detailed in the learning agreement, negotiating changes in the agreement if necessary.
4 Demonstrate professional competence in identifying appropriate reported work, critically appraising its relevance to the topic(s) being studied and presenting the research done.
5 Competently defend the literature review presented, via an oral assessment.

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 90 90
Non-Contact Hours 210 210
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.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 5
Description: An oral defence based on the Literature Review
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 0% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: Project Plan which will be assessed on a PASS/FAIL basis.
Component 3
Type: Coursework Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 3, 4
Description: Literature Review of the Project topic.

Explanatory Text
To pass this module the students must achieve a grade D or better. The module grade depends upon the following criteria:-
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Both C1 and C3 must have a minimum of 50% and an overall total (by weighting) of greater than or equal to 70%, and a Pass in C2
B Both C1 and C3 must have a minimum of 40% and an overall total (by weighting) between 60-69%, and a Pass in C2
C Both C1 and C3 must have a minimum of 35% and an overall total (by weighting) between 50-59%, and a Pass in C2
D Both C1 and C3 must have a minimum of 35% and an overall total (by weighting) between 40-49%, and a Pass in C2
E MARGINAL FAIL. Both C1 and C3 must have a minimum of 35% and an overall total (by weighting) between 35-39%, and a Pass in C2
F FAIL. Either/Both of C1 and C3 has mark less than or equal to 34% and/or a FAIL in C2
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Completion of the PgCert Analytical Sciences.
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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