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PU5045: ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECT (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:54


Course Overview

This course offers students the opportunity to lead a substantial piece of data-driven, empirical work within their field of study, under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Topics available will be varied but within the domain of their field of study. Alongside supervisors, students will identify a suitable topic area, develop a research protocol, design and implement an empirical study.  Students will be involved alongside the supervisors in the process of defining the research question, and developing the research protocol, and where appropriate obtaining all regulatory approvals.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points 90 credits (45 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Ms Corina Weir

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

To give the students direct experience of the design, management and delivery of a research project, either in a laboratory, academic, clinical or public health setting.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Supervisor Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Supervisors submit a report based on a marking template. Students will receive feedback within 10 working days of the project completion, this will be in the format of annotations to the marking rubric and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. 

If students feel they would benefit from additional feedback, this can be arranged with the marker.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks 49 Feedback Weeks 51

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Feedback

Research Symposium (Initial Results Presentation):

Students are asked to complete a 10-minute oral presentation on their initial results, followed with a 5-minute question and answer session.

Students receive feedback in the form of questions from staff and peers during the presentation session which will indicate areas for more clarification. The feedback procedure is meant as an opportunity to support students in considering the interpretation of your results for your academic paper / report. Additional feedback in the format of annotations to the marking rubric will be available within 10 working days and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If students feel they would benefit from additional feedback, this can be arranged with the marker.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Lab Book

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Academic Paper or Report: Students are expected to write a research journal weekly in myaberdeen throughout their project. They submit a 500-word summary as a final journal submission.

Course tutors will review the content of the journals at week 5 of the project and provide guidance on the style and content. This acts as formative feedback and should be used to inform students subsequent entries.

Students will receive feedback on your final submission within 15 working days of submission, this will be in the format of annotations to the marking rubric and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If students feel they would benefit from additional feedback, this can be arranged with the marker


Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Project Plan

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 42

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Research Symposium (Initial Results Presentation):

Students are asked to complete a written protocol for their research project.

Students will receive feedback based on the written protocol rubric and peer review comments (available on myaberdeen). After submission of the protocol, students will be assigned two peer submissions to review and provide feedback on, and will be expected to provide constructive advice to help peers to improve their study plans. This element is formative and worth 0%.

In addition, review feedback will be provided by a member of staff, along with a grade. Feedback from staff will be in the format of annotations to the marking rubric will be available within 10 working days and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If students feel they would benefit from additional feedback, this can be arranged with the marker.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 51 Feedback Weeks

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3,000 Words

Students are expected to write a 3000-word academic paper, with instructions, layout and referencing guidelines provided.

Students will receive feedback on their final submission within 15 working days of submission, this will be in the format of annotations to the marking rubric and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If students feel they would benefit from additional feedback, this can be arranged with the marker.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Poster Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to critically review relevant literature to produce an evidence–based problem statement
ProceduralCreateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to develop a clear research question or hypothesis with clearly defined objectives which address the identified problem statement
ProceduralCreateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to design an appropriate and methodologically sound study that will address this research question/hypothesis
ProceduralAnalyseUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to describe and justify the methodological approach adopted to address the research question or hypothesis
ProceduralCreateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate practical expertise with data creation, collection and management
ProceduralCreateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to analyse, interpret and present project data appropriately
ProceduralEvaluateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to discuss results within the context of the wider literature and synthesise appropriate conclusions and project outputs according to re
FactualApplyUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory, professional and ethical standards, where relevant
ReflectionEvaluateUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate self-direction in planning tasks and solving problems and appropriate professional practice through the management of res

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