FZMRP1-Work-based Research Project

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: FZMR05 Research Methods and Project Management or FZMATPR05 Research Methods and Project Management
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FZMPPR Portfolio of Professional Practice of Research
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Carol Wagstaff

Email: C.Wagstaff@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The aim of module is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop advanced research skills through the design and execution of an individual research project based in the workplace.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding of:

Advanced concepts and techniques in a scientific discipline(s) relevant to their workplace

Background scientific, technical, commercial and policy literature of relevance to their research project topic and its wider field of study

Theory and practice of research methods and study design within relevant ethical and governance frameworks

Project planning and management

Ability to think logically and evaluate critically research and advanced scholarship in their discipline

Critical evaluation of methodologies and their limitations

Interpretation of data using appropriate statistical tools

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop a wide range of transferable skills:
-Critical evaluation and dissemination of information from a variety of sources
-Design and execution of a research project
-Effective communication of scientific information and experimental conclusions in oral and written format with scientific rigour
-Management of resources as appropriate to achieve project aims

Outline content:
Students will propose a project and develop and perform it under the supervision of an academic and industrial supervisor. The research will normally be carried out over a period of 6-12 months.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will involve predominantly self-directed learning supported by academic and industry supervisors via regular meetings (at least monthly).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 20 20 20
Work-based learning 180 180 180
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00 200.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% in the project report.

Reassessment arrangements:
In the event of a student failing the module they will be reassessed based on resubmission of the project report that addresses feedback of the assessors. Module marks are capped at 50% for passes at 2nd attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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