AP0616 - Biological and Food Sciences Research Project

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how to plan a literature investigation on a specific research topic, exploit appropriate sources and databases to search for information, evaluate and critically review the primary literature articles and assess their significance in the broader context, evaluate experimentation protocols required to carry out the proposed research, conduct experiments in a safe and effective manner and discuss the validity and significance of the data provided, present the project work in the form of an oral presentation and written report in an appropriate style and format.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through independent learning, with support and guidance of your research project supervisor. Initially, you will explore the literature in your research topic area and you will develop a plan for your investigation in discussion with your research project supervisor. You will collect experimental data, analysing your results with appropriate tests. You will discuss your findings and their significance with your research project supervisor. You will improve your communication skills by preparing and delivering an oral presentation and a report in order to disseminate your findings.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

At the outset of the module you will be allocated a research project supervisor whose research interests are aligned to one of your selected research topic preferences. In a series of one-to-one or small group meetings, you will discuss research ideas with your research project supervisor and they will guide you in a literature survey that will establish a strong understanding of the current state of your chosen research topic area and a methodological basis for your study. Your research project supervisor will provide feedback ahead of your oral presentation delivery and report submission for summative assessment, and provide guidance to ensure all aspects of research governance are considered and recorded. Your research project supervisor, and members of our technical and research staff, will provide training in necessary techniques and complex data analyses.

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:
• Develop a robust experimental design.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Identify and advocate the development of an applied research programme in Food Sciences and Nutrition.
• Record and analyse experimental data to professional standards.
• Describe, evaluate and contextualise research findings.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Identify and explore the impact of your research on stakeholders.

How will I be assessed?

The rationale for the research programme and the suitability of the experimental design will be assessed in an oral presentation. A formative submission will be subject to academic review with a revised submission for summative assessed as 20% module score.

The main assessment for the module will be a formal written report adhering to professional guidelines and standards. After completion of a laboratory work, a report (6500 words ±10%) will be submitted for formal academic review (emulating submission of a research paper) ahead of a revised project submission for summative assessment as 60% of the module score.
The supervisor’s report, based on the evidence recorded in the project logbook, will represent 20% of the module mark.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

To enable students in engage in a research project and to present their evaluation of the relevant primary literature and their own findings in an oral presentation and written report. Laboratory and/or computer based work will provide the students with the appropriate practical skills and independent and directed learning will be used to facilitate literature evaluation. Assessment strategies will take the form of and oral presentation; supervisor’s assessment of the student’s attitude, initiative, attendance, planning, data recording and practical skills; and a final written report. Students will receive weekly oral feedback from their supervisors within laboratory/tutorial sessions. Supervisors will review one draft of the oral presentation and written report prior to submission.

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how to plan a literature investigation on a specific research topic, exploit appropriate sources and databases to search for information, evaluate and critically review the primary literature articles and assess their significance in the broader context, evaluate experimentation protocols required to carry out the proposed research, conduct experiments in a safe and effective manner and discuss the validity and significance of the data provided, present the project work in the form of an oral presentation and written report in an appropriate style and format.

Course info

UCAS Code BD46

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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