Aims/Description: The aim of a project is to provide an opportunity for you to undertake an original investigation. The essence of project work is the testing of hypotheses. A hypothesis is only useful if it can be supported or not by some measurement or observation. Testing of hypotheses is done by experiment, which is a designed intervention in nature, or by careful observation of natural events. The results of experiments or observations usually require some sort of analysis before they can be interpreted and a decision made whether they support the hypothesis or not. The Level 4 project will require substantial development of clearly defined problems and hypotheses that are tested in a sophisticated and rigorous fashion, usually involving extensive data analysis skills. Additionally, a superior level of writing and computer skills is required, together with considerable independence in both idea development and hands-on research.

Staff Contact: SIMONS MIRRE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation, Project/ portfolio

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