SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MHH124715
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provides the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out effective research work that forms basis underpinning Level 4 Project.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The research process Examples of research based projects Research Design, Methods and data analysis techniques Statistical analysis and use of SPSS Sourcing literature Literature review writing Intellectual property and plagiarism Ethical consideration in research projects Environmental Issues Project proposals Project planning and management

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Illustrate the aims and objectives of project (AM7)2. Evaluate the literature relevant to a chosen project topic (AM7)3. Evaluate a range of data analysis methods, experimental methods, alternative approaches in relation to specific project objectives (AM6)4. Develop a research proposal and plan for a research project in an appropriate area relevant to the programme of study (AM7, AM8)5. Examine the ethical and environmental issues involved in undertaking research based project work (AM9).6. Predict resource issues such as time, materials and equipment (AM9).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and seminars will be given to introduce the course material. Tutorials will be used to explain critical evaluation of literature. Directed Studies will be given to help sourcing information, methodologies, and literature relevant to chosen project topic

Indicative Reading

Davies, M.B. (2007). Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative methods. Palgrave McMillan, NY. Sharp, J.A, Peters J and Howard K. (2002). The Management of aStudentResearch Project , (3 rd Edition), Gower Publishing Limited, USA. Turabian, K. (2007). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, (7 th Edition), University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving/analysis Report writing Time management, organizing and planning work

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 70.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 n/a Presentation & Defense
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 n/a Research Methods (1500 words)
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a Critical Study report (1500 words)