This module will provide you with the opportunity to exercise the skills you have acquired on your course through undertaking a project based in your workplace, or focusing on other relevant activities. You will have the chance to develop and demonstrate a range of professional skills, such as project planning and presentation skills. In addition, you will be able to apply theory that you have been taught to a ‘real life’ project.
- Support students in the design and undertaking of a small work-based research project and to introduce students to the basic research methods which they will need to undertake such a project.
- Provide students with the opportunity to explore their own professional context in a structured and systematic way
- Enable students to apply the discipline of academic practice to a small workplace project and facilitate their further development as independent learners
- Support students’ application of research methods to a study in the workplace and then to present their findings to their peers
- Identify key elements of a project and design a project plan which adequately addresses these
- Compare methods for obtaining data and choose a methodology appropriate for the nature of the project
- Select relevant academic knowledge and apply it to the workplace
- Select techniques of evaluation and use these to evaluate data collected monitor and evaluate project progress
- Act as an independent learner, developing own judgement and evaluating own development
- Use appropriate IT applications to research and present work
Three taught sessions focussing on research and project writing skills. Followed by independent project completion.
- Project Proposal: 20%
- Project Progress Report: 20%
- Presentation: 20%
- Final Project Report: 40%
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