FBMFPR-Research Project

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Bennett

Email: e.j.bennett@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a detailed research project on an individual topic, which is usually linked to the current research activities in the department. Projects involve the collection and analysis of data and this can be undertaken in a laboratory, in the pilot plant, in the sensory suite, at a desk or in industry, depending upon the project you have been allocated to. Throughout the project you will work as an independent research scientist, helping to design the project, undertake the research and write up the analysis in the format of a research paper or business case.


The aim of the project is to provide you with a detailed understanding of how food and nutrition research is carried out through the design and execution of an individual project.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature around a research topic

  • Design a scientific project, in consultation with your supervisor

  • Analyse research data

  • Compose a research manuscript or business case

  • Outline the application of the research for industry

Additional outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Describe a range of different statistical methods

  • Demonstrate project management skills

Outline content:

Each project is unique depending upon the  topic being investigated, as such the experimental techniques learnt will vary depending upon the project. However throughout the module students will cover; statistical techniques used in research, research design, writing for research and experimental techniques.

Global context:

Depending upon the subject of the selected project, it is possible to undertake a project which has wider international significance.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

You will be taught using a variety of techniques including; online lectures, workshops and sessions with your supervisor.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 3
Project Supervision 5 15
Guided independent study: 575
Total hours by term 600
Total hours for module 600

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 70
Portfolio 20
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  • Portfolio of learning (20%)

  • Research dissertation (70%)

  • Oral viva (10%)

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:

50% in each assessment.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of research dissertation within one year (subject to University rules).

Resubmission of coursework.

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: 10 April 2019


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