KE7016 - Integrated Masters Research Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to support you to develop and apply advanced academic and/or practice-based research skills within the context of an appropriate area of contemporary geographical research, grounded in/informed by staff research. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide you with 1:1 guidance on your research project.
You will develop expertise in:
• Planning, developing and executing a substantial piece of independent research.
• Evaluating and applying concepts, models and theories to consolidate and extend your knowledge in your chosen field of study.
• Sourcing, reviewing and synthesising a variety of information sources.
• Gathering, analysing and presenting complex data.
• Effective written, verbal and visual communication to a variety of audiences.
• Applying creative and innovative approaches to problem solving.
• Reviewing appropriate ethical, health and safety, commercial and/or confidential data protection issues associated with your research.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn through lectures, workshops and supervisory meetings, however a significant part of the learning on this module will be in your own time through independent learning. You will be expected to take ownership of your own learning and through a process of self-reflection on your own needs, skills and abilities, seek the necessary guidance and personal development required to successfully complete your project. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide you with specialist guidance on your research project throughout the year. As an integral part of the module you are expected to maintain regular contact with your supervisor and to take full responsibility for the management of your research project. In addition, your independent study will be guided and supported through your engagement with a range of interactive learning resources accessible on-line via the module eLP site, including an electronic reading list. If you are using laboratory techniques, specialist equipment or bespoke IT software, staff (technical and academic) will guide you in learning their use although you will be responsible for their application.

Written feedback from your supervisor will be available on up to two draft chapters, highlighting areas for improvement before the final submission of your research project. An additional opportunity for feedback is provided by a mini research conference (involving staff and your peers) partway through the research phase of the programme at which you are expected to present a poster summarising your research area and your progress to date. This provides an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and allows you to assess and reflect upon your own progress.

By applying what you have learnt and by engaging in the process of research itself you will become more self-sufficient as the year progresses and will further develop the key employability skills of time-management, the retrieval and critical application of relevant knowledge and information, effective communication, problem solving and analysis, and the ability to make informed decisions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module content and general guidance will be made available in lectures as well as via the virtual learning platform. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide you with guidance on your research project through regular 1-1 meetings throughout the year. In addition, your independent study will be guided and supported with a range of interactive learning resources accessible on-line via the module eLP site, including an electronic reading list. If you are using laboratory techniques, specialist equipment or bespoke IT software, staff (technical and academic) will guide you in learning their use.

Written feedback from your supervisor will be available on up to two draft chapters, highlighting areas for improvement before the final submission of your research project. An additional opportunity for pre-submission feedback is provided by a mini research conference (involving staff and your peers) partway through the research phase of the programme.

Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

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:
• MLO 1: Conceptualise, theorise and undertake research which addresses complex issues and which contributes to the creation of new knowledge/understanding and /or applications to practice within the discipline.
• MLO 2: Review appropriate ethical, commercial, confidentiality, data protection and health and safety issues, as required by the nature of chosen research project.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Demonstrate expertise in utilising acquired intellectual and practical skills to gather, analyse, synthesise and present complex data, in order to develop and execute a substantial piece of independent research, applying creative and innovative approaches where required.
• MLO 4: Demonstrate effective communication of research results in scholarly written, verbal and visual forms, and to a variety of audiences, evidencing effective organisation, initiative and originality.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: A confident, ethical, disciplined professional researcher, able to critically reflect on their own work and that of others with a critical understanding of the processes through which knowledge is created.

How will I be assessed?

Early in semester 1 you will submit a research proposal and review appropriate ethical, commercial, confidentiality, data protection and health and safety issues, as required by the nature of your chosen research project (10%) (MLO2).

Regular contact with your supervisor will enable you to gain formative feedback to guide the development of your research project.

Towards the end of Sem 2 you will submit your research project (MLO1; MLO3; MLO4; MLO5). Written feedback from your supervisor will be available on up to two draft chapters (of your choice), highlighting areas for improvement before the final submission of your research project. An additional opportunity for feedback is provided by a mini research conference (involving staff and your peers) at which you are expected to present a poster summarising your research area and your progress to date. This provides an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and allows you to assess and reflect upon your own progress well in advance of the final submission deadline.

Written feedback will be provided on the research project. All projects are blind double marked in line with standard Departmental procedures.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

Module abstract

This module is where you choose what interests and motivates you within the field of contemporary geographical research. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide you with specialist guidance on your research project and develop and apply advanced research skills grounded in/informed by staff research. Technical and academic staff will guide you in learning a range of laboratory techniques, specialist equipment and/or bespoke software where required. By applying what you have learnt and by engaging in the process of research itself you will become more self-sufficient as the year progresses and will further develop the key employability skills of time-management, the retrieval and critical application of relevant knowledge and information, effective communication, problem solving and analysis, and the ability to make informed decisions, all whilst working on a topic of your choice that we hope keeps you motivated and inspired to achieve the very best you can.

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to support you to develop and apply advanced academic and/or practice-based research skills within the context of an appropriate area of contemporary geographical research, grounded in/informed by staff research. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide you with 1:1 guidance on your research project.
You will develop expertise in:
• Planning, developing and executing a substantial piece of independent research.
• Evaluating and applying concepts, models and theories to consolidate and extend your knowledge in your chosen field of study.
• Sourcing, reviewing and synthesising a variety of information sources.
• Gathering, analysing and presenting complex data.
• Effective written, verbal and visual communication to a variety of audiences.
• Applying creative and innovative approaches to problem solving.
• Reviewing appropriate ethical, health and safety, commercial and/or confidential data protection issues associated with your research.

Course info

UCAS Code L7T6

Credits 60

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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