A11RS - School of Life Sciences - Heriot-Watt University

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A11RS - School of Life Sciences - Heriot-Watt University

Form 20 Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY) Version 3.0 (2007/2008)Module Title MSc Research Project School Life Sciences On or Off- OnCampusModuleCo-ordinatorDr Derek Jamieson; Dr Susan DewarSCQFLevel11 ModuleCodeA11RS Semester 3 Credits 601. Pre-requisites Project Studies – design and practice2. Linked Modules None(specify if synoptic)3. Excluded Modules None4. Replacement Module Code:6. Degrees for which thisis a core module7. AimsA1.9FS45. Availability as anYes NoElectivexDate Of Replacement:Sept 2008MSc/PG Dip/Cert in Food Science, Safety and Health; Food Science and Nutrition; Food and Beverage Science, Brewing and Distillingand other MSc degrees in the Biology Programme.This module aims to provide:• the opportunity to analyse a particular industry based problem or topic in depth.• conduct a relevant lab or library-based study• To provide a chance to improve fundamental research and analysis skills and advance understanding of the processes involved in Food Science investigation8. SyllabusStudents undertake an extended research investigation in an advanced topic of relevance to their degree discipline or to their sponsoring industrial partner. Theresearch project builds on the taught modules of the course and is underpinned by the Project Studies module. The project will require students to define theresearch area, identify the aims of the work then plan and execute an advanced piece of research, investigation or development. Students will analyse their resultsand present them in the form of a dissertation that includes a review of previous research and sets their work in context with critically argued discussion. Studentswill be expected to contribute via seminars or posters to the research activity of the host/work institution.1 / 2


Form 20 Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY) Version 3.0 (2007/2008)Module Title MSc Research Project School Life Sciences On or Off- OnCampusModuleCo-ordinatorDr Derek Jamieson; Dr Susan DewarSCQFLevel11 ModuleCodeA11RS Semester 3 Credits 609. Learning Outcomes (HWU Core Skills: Employability and Professional Career Readiness)Subject MasteryUnderstanding, Knowledge and Cognitive SkillsScholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)• Design, plan and conduct a piece of original research relevant to their degree discipline• Demonstrate self-motivation, time management, planning and organisation skills in the area of research• Engage critically with published research and appreciate own research within the wider context of food or beverage research• Demonstrate originality of thought with respect to the specialist area of study• Present a clearly written report in an appropriate academic stylePersonal AbilitiesIndustrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT• Achieve self-reliance as an independent worker• Foster generic and specialist practical skills that can be applied in future employment.• Self management, communication and study skills10. Assessment Methods 11. Re-assessment MethodsMethodDuration of Exam Weighting (%) Synoptic modules? Method Duration of Exam(if applicable)(if applicable)Dissertation 100 None12. Date and VersionDate of Proposal January 2008 Date of Approval bySchool Committee1 February 2008 Date ofImplementationSeptember 2008VersionNumber12 / 2

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