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An individual program of supervised research in which the student designs a research project, in consultation with the supervisor, carries out and presents the results of the project. Detailed requirements are to be negotiated with the supervisor and the Science Research Project Coordinator(s).
Each student will receive feedback on their progress through ongoing consultation with their supervisor.
Intended learning outcomes
Despite the differences between individual programs, each aims to provide students with the opportunities to gain expertise in project design, management and reporting.
Students are expected to develop skills in:
locating and synthesising information available in scientific (and in some cases other) literature in order to establish the need for, and potential scope and context of, the research project;
developing creative ways of solving unfamiliar problems by devising a methodological approach to address the research question being raised;
managing the time allocated to completing specific tasks;
collecting and analysing data (qualitative and quantitative) including an assessment of the statistical validity of the research results; and
communicating the results in written form, requiring critical analysis, synthesis and organisation of knowledge, and the construction of a rational and lucid scientific argument.
Depending on the project, students may also find they learn other important skills such as how to take account of ethical considerations in designing a project.
Last updated: 20 October 2020