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Module Title
Research Project
Reference BS4322 Version 2
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved June 2018 SCQF Points 30
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 15

Aims of Module
To provide students with the opportunity to undertake a piece of independent in-depth research on a topical issue relevant to the main course discipline, and apply the associated research skills including analysis, critical evaluation, reflection, problem-solving, logical argument and communication.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Undertake a comprehensive literature review of the topic area and produce a concise and critical evaluation of the salient aspects.
2 Demonstrate understanding of primary and/or secondary research techniques, and show application of these to collect and rigorously analyse data.
3 Present appropriate and relevant conclusions, reflecting on the significance and potential application of them in theory and practice.

Indicative Module Content
Independent research focussed within the main course discipline. Presentation of information in a subject appropriate format. Advanced understanding and techniques involved in the research process including: advanced writing for research purposes, bibliographic searching, critiquing subject literature, research philosophies, revising and choosing appropriate research techniques, qualitative and quantitative techniques of data gathering and critical analysis.

Module Delivery
This is an applied module devoted to research within the named degree discipline. The module is delivered by a blend of core lectures supported by research workshops. In addition each student will have access to a research supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the research process.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 18 18
Non-Contact Hours 282 282
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: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Individual Written Assessment

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Research Project - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BELL, J., 2014. Doing your research project: a guide for first time researchers. 6th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. ebook
2 ROZAKIS, R., 2007. Schaum's quick guide to writing great research papers. 2nd ed. London: McGraw Hill. ebook
3 SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P., and THORNHILL, A. 2016. Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook
4 SEKARAN, U. and BOUGIE, R., 2013. Research methods for business. 6th ed. Chichester: John Wiley.
5 STOKES, J., 2013. How to do media and cultural studies. 2nd ed. London: Sage.
6 VAN DER BRINK-BUDGEN, R., 2010. Critical thinking for students. 4th ed. Oxford: How To Books.

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