IB312-15 Project (Half Weight)
This course offers students an opportunity to plan and carry out an in-depth study of a limited topic in which they are interested.
On successful completion of the course, students will have acquired:
- A deeper or more extensive knowledge of a particular topic.
- Research skills.
- Report writing skills
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
- Three hours lecture on introduction to research methods and discussion about topic and supervisor selection.
- Discussion a research proposal with supervisor.
- Literature review.
- Collection, interpretation and analysis of data using qualitative and/or quantitative approaches.
- Dissertation writing based on typical dissertation structure.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to explore a topic of their own choosing in depth by means of independent research
- To apply their critical judgement.
- Use skills in project management, critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating data and evidence for a substantial project.
- Develop an understanding of the empirical and theoretical literature bearing on their chosen project.
- Understand research methodology.
- Have a thorough understanding of their research findings.
- Ability to identify relevant data.
- Ability to classify and synthesise data.
- In-depth knowledge of the topic selected.
Indicative reading list
Traditional research methods bibliography, e.g. Gray (2013) Doing Research in the Real World.
Then, the supervisor may suggest preliminary reading, but the student will be expected to search out whatever literature is required for the completion of the project.
Subject specific skills
Develop the ability to pursue independent research.
Ability to formulate a suitable research question and be able to identify appropriate methods for addressing the question.
Selection and application of appropriate research methods.
Selection of appropriate explanatory theories and their application to data.
Practise the representation of research findings
Organise and manage their time to an independent research project.
Organise and write an extended piece of research work of their own using arguments effectively.
Appropriate application of bibliographic search to find data and analysis.
Apply problem-solving skills in a supervised research situation.
Develop written communication skills by completing draft chapters and the final dissertation for summative assessment.
Practice communication skills by discussing progress with the Supervisor and making best use of the consultation meetings by using email and supervisory face to face meetings to communicate with the Supervisor.
Learning, planning, organisation and time management by planning work to meet a set of pre-determined deadlines and preparing for meetings with the Supervisor and observing strict deadlines and schedules.
Showing initiative by exploring a range of data sources including fieldwork and data search and establishing the relevance of this data for the dissertation topic.
Demonstrating adaptability through learning to analyse data and/or undertake field research in a non-structured way.
Project and Time management skills.
|Lectures||1 session of 3 hours (2%)|
|Project supervision||8 sessions of 1 hour (5%)|
|Private study||56 hours (37%)|
|Assessment||83 hours (55%)|
Private study description
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group A2
|Project Management Report (15 CATS)||30%||25 hours|
|Project Half Weight (15 CATS)||70%||58 hours|
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This module is Optional for:
- Year 3 of UIBA-MN31 Undergraduate Law and Business Studies
UIBA-MN32 Undergraduate Law and Business Studies
- Year 3 of MN32 Law and Business Studies (Four-Year)
- Year 4 of MN32 Law and Business Studies (Four-Year)