SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MDN224312
Module Leader Christopher Smith
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Pass Stage One of Professional Doctorate (U2B Pathway)

Summary of Content

The student will explore aspects of project management including initial idea, through to project design and testing, implementation, controlling risk, monitoring, and evaluation. There will also be a strong focus on working effectively with a research supervisor. Each student will identify a work based issue/problem and set it in a policy/strategic context. A research question will be developed and supported by a comprehensive literature review and selection of appropriate methodology/ies which will form part of a project proposal. The proposal will be summarised; this will form the basis of the proposal for registration for Stage Two of the Professional Doctorate with the Higher Degrees Committee (RDC1).


-284 - Identify-12 a-12 -1 work-based-11 problem,-11 -1 set-12 it-11 in-12 an-12 appropriate-11 policy/strategic-12 context,-12 and-11 define-12 a-11 research-12 question. -284-1 - Search-17 and-16 evaluate-16 appropriate-16 literature -284 - Identify and evaluate a range of appropriate methodologies, highlighting the -1 strengths and limitations of each methodology -284-1 - Select-17 the-16 most-16 appropriate-16 methodology -284-1 - Project-14 management:-14 understand-14 and-14 describe-14 the-14 key-14 -1 stages/element-13 of-14 project-14 planning -4 - Working-11 -1 within-11 teams-10 and-11 -1 with-10 a-11 -1 supervisor -284 - Complete a research protocol and produce a -1 six-page -1 summary as part of the registration process -1 with the -1 Higher -1 Degrees-13 Committee-13 for-12 -1 stage-13 two-12 of-13 the-13 professional-12 doctorate-13 (RDC1).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1.Demonstrate leadership and/or originality in identifying and addressing a work based problem/issue;2.Undertake a critical analysis of a work based problem/issue, develop and define a researchable question;3.Critically analyse a problem/issue, setting it in the context of relevant policies and/or literature, identify and conceptualise the potential impact on service delivery/organisation;4.Apply a range of standard and/or specialized research instruments and techniques of enquiry;5.Undertake a critical analysis of selected methodological approaches, summarising the strengths and limitations of each approach and a justification for your selected methodology;6.Develop a detailed project proposal including a six page outline for approval by the Higher Degrees Committee (RDC1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered in two stages: Stage 1 is a multi-day series of interactive workshops delivered to the whole cohort at the start of the module; the key philosophy underpinning the workshops is learning through participation, reflection and application. Embedded within the programme is the 1-day "Effective Researcher Programme". Stage 2 comprises of a minimum of 6 hours of one to one supervision during which time the student is supported in developing their work based idea into researchable question, which meet the assessment criteria. This module is in essence an independent piece of research planning conducted by the student under the supervision of a university member of staff. The student will develop their research idea in discussion with their supervisor and submit drafts of the research proposal to his/her supervisor, which will help focus discussions at key supervisory meetings. It is expected that the project proposal will underpin the research project for stage two of the doctorate, and that the supervisor will become part of their supervisory team for the research project in Stage Two.

Indicative Reading

Books: Denscombe M (2012) Research proposals A Practical guide. Open University Press, Maidenhead Murray, R. (2011) How to Write a Thesis, Open University Press, Maidenhead. O'Leary, Z.(2009) The essential guide to doing your research projectSage, London Oliver, P. (2008) Writing Your Thesis (Second Editon). Sage, London Phillips, EM, Pugh, D & Johnson, C. (2015) How to get a PhD: A handbook for students and supervisors, Open University Press, Maidenhead Robson, C. & McCartan,K. (2016) Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied setngs, Wiley, Chichester Gosling, P & Noordam, L.D (2011) Mastering your PhD Survival and Success in Doctoral Years and Beyond. Springer Websites: Monash University's Guide to Editing Your Thesis: <> Monash University's Guide to Academic Writing: <>

Transferrable Skills

- Demonstrate leadership and/or originality in tackling and solving problems/issues. - High level skills of critical appraisal in the analysis of work based issues/problems. - Report writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 300.00
Independent Learning (PT) 260.00
Tutorials (PT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Coursework assignment (plus a synopsis of project proposal for RDC1) 8000 words