Honours Research Project
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Meriel Moore-Colyer
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 300 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 25 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1 and 2
Students will have the opportunity to attend workshop meetings on the following topics: writing a research proposal, undertaking a literature search, Harvard Referencing, using statistical software such as Genstat and MSExcel.
Students will be guided throughout the process by a dissertation supervisor, agreed with the module leader. Where necessary other relevant RAU staff will be enlisted in an advisory capacity to support the study.
Students will undertake the following:
- Preparation of a fully referenced written research proposal with a specified research question / hypothesis, objectives, research strategy / methodology and preliminary literature review. The proposal will be assessed jointly by the module leader and the putative supervisor. No mark will be awarded but the proposal must be approved by both for the student to be allowed to proceed.
- A progress seminar in the Spring term indicating progress with reading and with research.
- Preparation of a fully referenced dissertation account using a format acceptable to the University and taking account of the University's Dissertation Guidance.
- A "poster" type presentation of the research project for the information of the External Examiner.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Prepare a concise research proposal.
- Decide on an appropriate method to obtain, present and interpret data.
- Prepare a seminar presentation to report progress with a research investigation.
- Write a clear and concise account of their enquiry (dissertation).
- Appraise the work of others and cite appropriate references correctly using the Harvard system.
- Summarise the findings of a research project and prepare a poster presentation of them.
|Coursework||Written research proposal - no mark will be awarded.|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Dytham, C. (2011) Choosing and using statistics: a biologist's guide 3rd edn. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Malmfors, B.(2000). Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers. Nottingham University Press.
- O'Leary, Z. (2010) The essential guide to doing your research project Sage Publications
- Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2003). Cite Them Right: The Essential Guide to Referencing and Plagiarism. Pear Tree Books.
- Royal Agricultural University Undergraduate Dissertation Guidance.