Research Project (Dissertation)
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
30.000 Credyd neu 15.000 Credyd ECTS
Semester 1 a 2
Trefnydd: Dr Katherine Steele
The module aims to give students experience of:
1.Developing hypotheses and procedures and protocols to test them.
2.Conducting independent research on a topic relevant to their degree programme.
3.Collecting, analysing and interpreting results in the light of existing knowledge.
4.Preparing a research honours project to an agreed format.
The module allows students to undertake an extensive and original independent investigation of a topic of relevance to their degree programme. It may involve practical experimentation in the laboratory and/or field or a non-experimental study. It is conducted under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The module also provides opportunities for students to develop their own ideas, to show initiative, to work on their own and to follow an agreed plan, and for these attributes to be assessed. The project must be written up in the form of a research honours project, to a specified format. In addition, it may also be assessed by a poster presentation, oral presentation, or other method, that may vary according to the degree programme, but that will be specified at the start of the module.
Grade A- and above The background justification for the project is clearly identified and experimental hypotheses are stated. The literature review is comprehensive, shows evidence of critical analysis and covers all relevant topics in a logical sequence. The methods and procedures used are appropriate, clearly justified and described. The approach to data analysis is correct. Important trends or effects are identified and tested. The findings are presented clearly and interpreted correctly. The discussion clearly relates the findings to current knowledge. It shows evidence of ability to collate information from a variety of sources to aid interpretation. Relevant conclusions are drawn and these are related to current practices and further experimentation as appropriate. The standard of presentation is very high.
Grade D- to D+ The dissertation is logically structured and includes a literature review, a description of the methods used, a description and analysis of the findings, a discussion and a list of references. The justification for the project is identified but the experimental hypotheses are not clearly stated. The literature review covers relevant topics but is largely descriptive and lacks focus. Procedural details are described but some minor important items are omitted or unclear. The approach to data analysis is generally correct but limited in scope. The findings are generally presented and interpreted correctly. The discussion is adequate but limited in scope and depth. Some correct conclusions are drawn from the study. The standard of presentation is acceptable.
Grade C- to B+ The honours project is logically structured and includes a literature review, a description of the methods used, a description and analysis of the findings, a discussion and a list of references. The justification for the project is clearly identified and experimental hypotheses are stated. The literature review shows some evidence of critical analysis and covers relevant topics in a logical sequence. The methods and procedures used are appropriate, justified and described. The approach to data analysis is correct. The findings are presented clearly and interpreted correctly. The discussion relates the findings to current knowledge. It shows evidence of ability to collate information from a variety of sources to aid interpretation. Relevant conclusions are drawn and these are related to current practices and further experimentation as appropriate. The standard of presentation is high.
Collect, critically analyse and summarise information (Benchmark 4.4, 4.5).
Devise, plan and undertake investigations in a safe and responsible manner (Benchmark 4.4, 4.5).
Collect, prepare and process data using appropriate statistical and other procedures (Benchmark 4.5, 4.6, 4.8).
Evaluate information and draw appropriate conclusions from it using existing knowledge, concepts and principles from relevant disciplines (Benchmark 4.4).
Communicate accurately and effectively using appropriate methods (Benchmark 4.7).
Work effectively as an individual to achieve targets and meet requirements (Benchmark 4.9).
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Introductory and guidance Lectures 5 x 1 hours
Tutorials with supervisor. The number and length may vary by project and should be largely initiated by the student
Supervisory group seminars for individual presentations 2 x 2 hours
Independent work by student
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- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
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Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Apply appropriate techniques for presenting spatial and/or temporal trends in data.
- Prepare effective maps, diagrams and visualizations.
- Undertake field and/or laboratory studies to ensure competence in basic experimental and/or fieldwork skills.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
- Engagement with current subject developments and their application.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Demonstrate the independence and skills required for continuing professional development
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