AGRI08004 2016 Agri-Food Science Research Project -Part 2
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.
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 student's progress in the research project will be monitored on a continuous basis during the second half of the final academic year. The student’s ability to generate, collate and analyse the data in line with a standard scientific format will be monitored. The student will be required to make a presentation to staffs and peer group on their main research findings (results and conclusions). Students will be also required to design a poster presentation for printing on A0, A1 or A2 sized paper for display purposes. A failure in delivery of the task and milestones in completion of part 1 and part 2 of the research project, will impact their final grades.
- Design and plan a project and manage the time involved to complete the project within given time frame.
- Source, read and critically evaluate the relevant literature on the chosen topic.
- Formulate and communicate a research problem or aim.
- Identify, justify and use an appropriate methodology in addressing the identified research problem.
- Evaluation of data using basic statistical analysis.
- Interpretation of results with appropriate scientific evidence.
- Drawing conclusions and recommendation for the specified research project.
- Presentation skills and written skills, and developing full thesis.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|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
|Problem Based Learning||Not Specified||Project Work||12||Weekly||12.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
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.
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.
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.
* 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
* 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
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