DISS09004 2016 M.Sc. in Bioprocessing Dissertation.
This module aims to equip participants with the requisite advanced knowledge, understanding and
skills to perform bioprocessing related research using traditional and emerging research designs informed by a critical awareness of developments at the forefront of legislation and practice in the bioprocessing industry.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Articulate and elaborate an understanding of current thinking on the nature of bioprocessing challenges and demonstrate an awareness of the ethical dimensions of bioprocessing research in a range of contexts.
Manage a research project combining independent study, support sessions and supervision effectively.
Write a coherent research proposal with an acceptable research question or hypothesis and conduct a critically focused literature review.
Analyse data according to accepted models of analysis, showing awareness of alternative models of analysis and theoretical frameworks.
Sustain from the evidence obtained, a reasoned argument and draw consistent and coherent conclusions from the research evidence.
Reflect self-critically and express the relevance and significance of the outcomes/conclusions of the enquiry and on the research process itself.
Write a dissertation which meets postgraduate standards of technical expertise investigating the subject area or testing the hypothesis outlined in the research proposal.
Develop the skills to present and defend aspects of their research at seminars, conferences and vivas.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The dissertation is an independent research project that will involve self-directed learning. This is a Learner-Centred approach, where the student will assume the responsibility for learning. Students will manage their time effectively to ensure that they maintain contact with their supervisor through weekly meetings while also completing their lab work. Weekly meetings with their supervisor will engage the students in discussion which will deepen their learning and motivation. These meetings will help the students to maintain focus and challenge them on hypothesis and approaches to their experimental design and implementation. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of research data and the presentation of research outcomes in the format of thesis, presentation and viva.
Module Assessment Strategies
A dissertation of circa 15 thousand words must be successfully completed for award of the M.Sc. Ongoing assessment throughout compilation of dissertation will be via assessment of project plan, project log, presentations, final report and viva.
The following statements describe generally the threshold level of competence for successful completion of the M.Sc dissertation and assessment shall be based on these criteria:
Knowledge base extends to a systematic understanding and critical awareness of topics which are informed by the forefront of the discipline.
Problems of an unfamiliar nature are tackled with appropriate methodology and taking into account the possible absence of complete data.
Experimental work is carried out independently and with some originality.
Substantial research project at the forefront of the discipline is completed effectively.
Generic skills are developed appropriately for professional practice.
A dissertation of circa 15 thousand words must be successfully completed for award of the M.Sc.
Outline of Stages in Process:
Agreement of project title/plan between supervisor and student.
Submission of project plan with Gant chart to supervisor.
Manage project (execute relevant experimentation where appropriate, report, analysis and conclusions) combining independent study with support from supervisor.
Submission of dissertation (circa 15,000 words).
The bound dissertation is dual graded by the internal supervisor and another examiner.
Viva examination by internal /or external examiners.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||A dissertation of circa 15 thousand words must be successfully completed for award of the M.Sc. Ongoing assessment throughout compilation of dissertation will be via assessment of project plan, project log, presentations, final report and viva. The marks will be allocated as follows:::: Supervisor continuous assessment (15%), final report (65%) and presentation plus viva (20%).||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||100 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||Science Laboratory||Independent||20||Weekly||20.00|
|Laboratory Practical||Not Specified||Supervision||1.5||Weekly||1.50|
Supervisor may recommend relevant books/resources.