Honours Research Project
- Module code
- Module leader
- Christopher Brough
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 300 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 25 hours
- Teaching period
- September - April
Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops on the following topics: Writing a Research Proposal; Undertaking a Literature Search; Harvard System Referencing; Using the Statistics Package on MS Excel; Understanding Statistics; Technical Writing; Research using Qualitative Methods.
Students will be guided throughout the process by a dissertation supervisor, agreed with the module leader. A log will be kept of the frequency of contact between the student and the supervisor. A supervisor’s report will be completed for each student but will not contribute to the assessment except in borderline cases.
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. In the event of a proposal not being approved the student will be allowed to resubmit by an agreed date without any penalty. Students who fail to produce an acceptable proposal following resubmission will be precluded from the dissertation process and will only be eligible for an Ordinary BSc degree.
- An appropriate research enquiry.
- 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 RAU and taking account of the RAU's Dissertation Guidelines.
- 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 detailed research proposal.
- Plan and undertake a research project.
- 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.
- 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.|
|Coursework||Progress seminar (10 minutes)||10%|
|Coursework||Written dissertation (14,000 words)||80%|
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Dawkins, M. (2007). Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitative Data. OUP Oxford.
- Dytham (2010). Choosing and Using Statistics. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Fowler, J., Cohen, L. and Jarvis, P. (1998). Practical Statistics for Field Biologists. Wiley & Sons.
- Martin and Bateson (2001). Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide. Cambridge University Press.
- Petrie, A. and Watson, P. (1999). Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science. Blackwell Science Ltd. ISBN 0-632-05025-X.
- Ruxton, G. and Colegrave, N. (2006). Experimental Design for the Life Sciences. OUP Oxford.
- Sharp, J.A and Howard, K. (1996). The Management of a Student Research Project. (2nd edition). Gower.
- Royal Agricultural University Dissertation Guide