20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This unit enables students to develop independent research and communication skills whilst investigating a topic of specific relevance to their chosen degree. The research conducted - whether text, fieldwork or laboratory-based - will be determined by the topic choice and disciplinary area. Likewise, the presentation of research findings may take the form of an extended essay, project or experimental report. The unit increases awareness of disciplinary practices typical of each student's chosen degree, and of their preparedness to progress. Topics are agreed with a supervising tutor, who will usually be associated with the department to which each student is due to progress.

Staff Contact: HALE SARAH
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: The project report (3000 words; 75% weighting) is the key element of the assessment, focussing upon the student's ability to gather relevant data and communicate research findings in a coherent manner (all aims and outcomes). The research journal and reflection (1000 words; 25% weighting), documents student's findings and developing ideas throughout the research process, providing an opportunity to explore in more depth the nature of disciplinary practices in the area of students' chosen degrees (all aims and outcomes).

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Department for Lifelong Learning):

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