FBMFPR-Research Project

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FBMRSD Research Skills and Professional Development
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 module 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.

  • Provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon your personal and professional development throughout the module.  

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature around a research topic

  • Analyse research data

  • Compose a research manuscript or business case

  • Recommend the application of the research for industry

  • Explain and justify the research project using written and verbal communication methods

  • Develop a reflective portfolio to summarise your personal development journey throughout the course

Additional outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate project management skills

  • Develop independent and collaborative working skills

  • Utilise problem solving skills

  • Synthesize and apply knowledge acquired throughout the course to a research question

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 could cover; statistical techniques used in research, research design, writing for research and experimental techniques, building upon the knowledge and skills developed in FBMRSD.

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 3 2 3
Seminars 2 7
Project Supervision 5 10
Guided independent study:      
    Carry-out research project 488
    Dissertation writing 80
Total hours by term 5 7 588
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:


Reassessment arrangements:

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

Resubmission of coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Dependent on project

Last updated: 10 September 2019


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