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Module Title
MSc Project
Reference ASM023 Version 4
Created August 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved December 2004 SCQF Points 60
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 30

Aims of Module
To allow students to apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of the techniques of analytical science in their chosen elective area to an extended research project.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Apply a problem solving approach to all aspects of an extended research programme in a specialised area of analytical science.
2 Work autonomously with minimal guidance.
3 Critically appraise the work done in the form of a thesis including relating conclusions to relevant theory and other published work in the field.
4 Demonstrate professional competence in oral presentation skills.
5 Offer a competent oral defence.

Indicative Module Content
A problem or topic for further study in a given analytical area has been identified and a project plan to approach the topic over the period available has been produced.

Module Delivery
In addition formal meetings of all concerned will be held, normally two though a different number may be held if judged appropriate. The final product is a thesis describing the work done, results obtained and conclusions resulting from the analysis of these results.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 600 600
Non-Contact Hours N/A N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 600 600
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: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: MSc Thesis with 70% weighting.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 4, 5
Description: Oral Presentation and Questions with 30% weighting.

Explanatory Text
Grades calculated based on the criteria below.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A overall mark ≥70% and minimum of 50% in C1 and C2
B overall mark ≥60% and minimum of 40% in C1 and C2
C overall mark ≥50% and minimum of 35% in C1 and C2
D overall mark ≥40% and minimum of 35% in C1 and C2
E overall mark ≥35% and minimum of 35% in C1 and C2
F overall mark <35% and/or <35% in C1 and C2
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Successful completion of the PgD Instrumental Analytical Sciences course.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

In respect of practical investigations, the safe working practice of the Institution in which the work is being done must be followed, and students must always follow procedures agreed in advance with the supervisors.

1 The references relevant to each project will be mostly recent publications in journals.


Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781