AGRI08003 2016 Agri-Food Science Research Project -Part 1

General Details

Full Title
Agri-Food Science Research Project -Part 1
Transcript Title
Agri-Fd Sc Research Project
N/A %
Subject Area
AGRI - Agriculture
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Billy Fitzgerald, Uma Tiwari
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

The research project is undertaken by individual student over a period of two semesters (part 1 and part 2) through the final academic year. The students are given opportunity to select a research project topic within the area of agriculture and food science, subject to agreement by the programme board. The research project (part 1) include identification and planning and to develop broader knowledge of the selected topic.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Outline the current state of the art of scientific research in the selected topic for study.


Identify a project plan, the aims, objectives and methodologies proposed for use in research proposal.


Demonstrate the ability to critically review the literature in the area of the research topic.


Plan and implement methodologies to collect data, collate and analyse relevant data where appropriate.


Effective time management to complete the work within a timeframe.


Demonstrate the ability to work independently and also to recognise the need for, and seek, appropriate academic supervision.


Analyse and interpret data collected using appropriate methods.


Draw on knowledge and data to set the research in context and to evaluate its contribution to agri-food science.


Report development of the project and its outcomes in the form of a report.


Oral presentation to communicate their findings of research in front of the panel.


Poster presentation for display purposes.


Completion of final thesis and submission.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy for part 1 of the research project will be assessed by the project supervisor by continuous assessment with regards to meeting timelines for completion of research proposal and review of literature. This will allow an insight into the students understanding of the research area and their ability to review literature in specific topic and to interpret studies correctly.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

  1. Design and plan a project and manage the time involved to complete the project within given time frame.
  2. Source, read and critically evaluate the relevant literature on the chosen topic.
  3. Formulate and communicate a research problem or aim.
  4. Identify, justify and use an appropriate methodology in addressing the identified research problem.
  5. Evaluation of data using basic statistical analysis.
  6. Interpretation of results with appropriate scientific evidence.
  7. Drawing conclusions and recommendation for the specified research project.
  8. Presentation skills and written skills, and developing full thesis.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Proposal Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % Week 5 1,2
2 Review of Literature and Weekly Report Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 3
3 Project (execution of work and analysis) Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 20 4,5,6,7,8
4 Oral Presentation (study findings) Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % Week 22 9,10
5 Poster Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 24 11
6 Final Thesis -Write up Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % End of Semester 12

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Not Specified Project Work 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-01-07 Introductory Statistics OpenStax College
ISBN 1938168208 ISBN-13 9781938168208

Introductory Statistics follows the scope and sequence of a one-semester, introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering. This text assumes students have been exposed to intermediate algebra, and it focuses on the applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. The foundation of this textbook is Collaborative Statistics, by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, which has been widely adopted. Introductory Statistics includes innovations in art, terminology, and practical applications, all with a goal of increasing relevance and accessibility for students. We strove to make the discipline meaningful and memorable, so that students can draw a working knowledge from it that will enrich their future studies and help them make sense of the world around them. The text also includes Collaborative Exercises, integration with TI-83,83+,84+ Calculators, technology integration problems, and statistics labs.

Recommended Reading
2007-02-22 Applied Statistics with SPSS SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 1412919312 ISBN-13 9781412919319

Accessibly written and easy to use, Applied Statistics Using SPSS is an all-in-one self-study guide to SPSS and do-it-yourself guide to statistics. What is unique about Eelko Huizingh's approach is that this book is based around the needs of undergraduate students embarking on their own research project, and its self-help style is designed to boost the skills and confidence of those that will need to use SPSS in the course of their research project. The book is pedagogically well developed and contains many screen dumps and exercises, glossary terms, and worked examples.

Recommended Reading
2012-03-21 Social Research Methods, 4th Edition Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199588058 ISBN-13 9780199588053

In the fourth edition of this lively and engaging textbook, Alan Bryman presents students with an updated and all-encompassing guide to the principle techniques and methodology in the field of social research.

Adopting a coherent and student-friendly format, the book offers an encyclopaedic introduction to social research methodology, and considers a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods to help students identify and evaluate the best approach for their research needs. Building on the success of the previous editions, this book is concerned with the ways that social researchers approach their craft. Bryman guides the reader through all aspects of the research process including formulating objectives, choosing research methods, securing research participants, as well as advice on how to effectively collect, analyse and interpret data and disseminate those findings to others. This fourth edition features a new "supervisor experience" feature, which offers helpful tips from the supervisor's perspective on successful research, as well as a new chapter which tackles the sampling issues faced by qualitative researchers in a more consolidated fashion than in previous editions. Substantial updates have also been made to the existing material, particularly the internet research section, which has been fully revised to accommodate the extensive developments in this area.

Online supplements

For students:
* A student researcher's toolkit, providing guidance and advice on every aspect of social research
* Student experience podcasts
* Self-marking multiple choice questions for revision
* Annotated web links to useful articles, reviews, models and research guides
* A guide to using Excel in data analysis

For instructors:
* A lecturer's guide including lecture outlines, reading lists and teaching activities
* A suite of customisable PowerPoint slides
* Figures and tables from the text
* Case studies

Module Resources

URL Resources

Journal Catlogue:

Other Resources

ITSligo - Useful sources for dissertation writing
IT Sligo Harvard Referencing Guide

Additional Information