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PU5560: ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECT (2023-2024)

Last modified: 28 Feb 2024 16:16


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 Second Sub Session Credit Points 90 credits (45 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Ms Susan Elphinstone
  • Dr Kirsty Kiezebrink

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot 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.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Academic Paper

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 52 Feedback Weeks 3

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Feedback

You 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. You should carefully read the descriptor of each box which is selected by the marker(s) and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If you feel you would benefit from additional feedback, please arrange to discuss with your marker. 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateDesign an appropriate and methodologically sound study that will address this research question/hypothesis.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate practical expertise with data creation, collection and management.
ProceduralCreateAnalyse, interpret and present project data appropriately.
ProceduralCreateDevelop a clear research question or hypothesis with clearly defined objectives which address the identified problem statement.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically review relevant literature to produce an evidence–based problem statement.
ProceduralEvaluateDiscuss results within the context of the wider literature and synthesise appropriate conclusions and project outputs.

Supervisor Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 52 Feedback Weeks 2

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Feedback

You will receive feedback within 15 working days of the project completion, this will be in the format of annotations to the marking rubric, you should read carefully the descriptor of each box which is selected by the marker, and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory, professional and ethical standards, where relevant.
ProceduralEvaluateDiscuss results within the context of the wider literature and synthesise appropriate conclusions and project outputs.
ReflectionEvaluateDescribe, justify, and critically reflect on the methodological approach adopted to address the research question or hypothesis.

Research Journal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 51 Feedback Weeks 1

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Feedback

You 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, you should read carefully the descriptor of each box which is selected by the marker(s), additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If you feel you would benefit from additional feedback, please arrange to discuss with your marker.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory, professional and ethical standards, where relevant.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate practical expertise with data creation, collection and management.
ProceduralCreateAnalyse, interpret and present project data appropriately.
ProceduralEvaluateDiscuss results within the context of the wider literature and synthesise appropriate conclusions and project outputs.

Written Protocol

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 39

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Feedback

You 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. You should carefully read the descriptor of each box which is selected by the marker(s) and additional summary comments will be provided in the feedback box. If you feel you would benefit from additional feedback, please arrange to discuss with your marker. 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory, professional and ethical standards, where relevant.
ProceduralCreateDesign an appropriate and methodologically sound study that will address this research question/hypothesis.
ProceduralCreateDevelop a clear research question or hypothesis with clearly defined objectives which address the identified problem statement.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically review relevant literature to produce an evidence–based problem statement.
ReflectionEvaluateDescribe, justify, and critically reflect on the methodological approach adopted to address the research question or hypothesis.

Formative Assessment

Research Journal

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

You should share your research journal with your supervisor at supervisory meetings and they will provide you feedback on the level of detail required. 

A course tutor will review the content of your journal at project week 12 (UoA week 40) of the project and provide you with guidance on the style and content. This acts as formative feedback and should be used to inform your subsequent entries.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory, professional and ethical standards, where relevant.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate practical expertise with data creation, collection and management.
ProceduralCreateAnalyse, interpret and present project data appropriately.
ProceduralEvaluateDiscuss results within the context of the wider literature and synthesise appropriate conclusions and project outputs.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory, professional and ethical standards, where relevant.
ProceduralCreateDevelop a clear research question or hypothesis with clearly defined objectives which address the identified problem statement.
ProceduralCreateDesign an appropriate and methodologically sound study that will address this research question/hypothesis.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate practical expertise with data creation, collection and management.
ReflectionEvaluateDescribe, justify, and critically reflect on the methodological approach adopted to address the research question or hypothesis.
ProceduralCreateAnalyse, interpret and present project data appropriately.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically review relevant literature to produce an evidence–based problem statement.
ReflectionEvaluateDemonstrate self-direction and critical reflection in planning, solving problems and professional practice, including time-management, record keeping, confidentiality, communication, and teamwork. 
ProceduralEvaluateDiscuss results within the context of the wider literature and synthesise appropriate conclusions and project outputs.

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