HI7011 - Research Development

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop an aspect of your research project and present it in a professional manner to an audience of academics and students. You will work with classmates to organize, advertise, and present a one-day symposium of research papers that express your scholarly projects. The module aims to advance your professional skills and professional abilities by practice. You will learn how to effectively present a piece of research, develop event planning skills, gain practical project management experience, all of which are necessary to sustain this type of work.

How will I learn on this module?

The two initial workshops you take will include advice on issues such as presentation skills in a research context, how to begin organizing an event, and prepare you to deliver an academic paper. Following two initial workshop sessions the students will work as a group to host a one-day symposium at Northumbria. Students will work together (with support from the module tutors) to book a venue or venues, design a programme and compile a book of abstracts. The initial workshops will be supported by regular peer-group meetings to facilitate the organization of the symposium. The sessions will also develop presentation skills to facilitate the delivery of an academic paper. These sessions will provide students with an opportunity to participate in shaping the learning processes of the module, and they will be expected to be highly proactive in this regard. This process will develop skills in event management, communication, and time management. While students work as a group to arrange the symposium, they will also attend regular individual supervisory tutorials with their respective supervisors in order to prepare their piece of work. They will produce and refine a brief abstract within the first five weeks (which will also be printed in the symposium programme), using the following weeks to develop the paper before presenting it at the symposium.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Students’ academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through the workshops and supervisory tutorials which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. The module tutors and supervisors will be accessible within publicised office hours and via email. Peers will provide a collaborative learning environment, and the programme leader will guide students through the requirements and expectations of the course. Students will also be supported through individual engagement with the lectures and resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities and through assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various approaches to research problems and develop strategies for solving them.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key issues, debates and contexts within the student's subject area.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Be able to persuasively express yourself in presenting their work before an audience.
4. Complete a short piece of original research.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Reflect on the principle of project and event management within an academic context and reflect on the process of undertaking and presenting research.

How will I be assessed?

The module is assessed through three pieces of work:
1. Presentation of a research paper (20 minutes). This task enables the student to demonstrate skills in presenting work in an academic forum. (40%). MLOs: 1-3
2. Submit a written version of the research paper (3,000 words). This aspect of the assessment will link the research paper to the wider context of the student’s ongoing dissertation work and will produce detailed tutorial discussion regarding the progress and direction of the student’s project. (40%). MLOs: 1-2, 4.
3. Submit a critical reflection on the process of organising the conference, of participating in an organising team, and on the experience of presenting a paper in front of a large audience (1,500 words). (20%). MLOs 5.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

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Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Humanities

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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