Module: Research Project in Agricultural Technology and Innovation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Richard Baines
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    600 hours
  • Contact hrs

    25 hours
  • Teaching Period

    October - September

Module content

This module addresses the personal research process and prepares the student to undertake independent activity in the agricultural technology sector. The module includes an introductory phase, which is designed to raise the awareness of potential studies. The module continues with a series of research workshops that defines appropriate and relevant forms of dissertation and on quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

The second phase is the development of a research activity proposal which is assessed.

Thereafter in phase three, the independent research programme is carried out with supervisory support.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to produce a dissertation, or equivalent, of scholastic attainment that merits recognition at master’s level, and in doing so:

  1. Analyse the underlying methodology of the basis for research in the agricultural technology sector using selected and justified frameworks.
  2. Examine, evaluate and critique key methodologies, research issues and approaches.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate a management project using appropriate methodologies, techniques and tools.
  4. Demonstrate independence of thought and the ability to learn through self-reliance.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x proposal 10%
Coursework 1 x progress seminar 10%
Coursework 1 x dissertation or equivalent 80%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Biggam, J. (2015). Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook. 3rd edn.  Open University Press.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2013) Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches. 4th edn. Sage Publications.
  • Dytham, C. (2011). Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide. (3rd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Kirkman, J. (2005). Good Style: Writing for Science and Technology. (2nd edition). (Routledge study guides). Routledge.
  • Luck, M. (1999). Your Student Research Project. Gower.
  • Swetnam, D. and Swetnam, R. (2000). Writing Your Dissertation: The Bestselling Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First-class Work. (3rd revised edition). How To Books.
  • Thomas, R.M. (2003). Blending Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Theses and Dissertations. Corwin Press.
  • Yin, R.K. (2003). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. (3rd edition)  Sage Publications (Applied social research methods 5).