Honours Project Proposal and Development | Abertay University

Honours Project Proposal and Development


This module will allow students to formulate a contextual, theoretical, and practical foundation in a self-selected area of professional practice and research. Students will evaluate existing research, texts, and projects with a view to developing a project proposal, and will develop a portfolio of practical work pertinent to their own professional practice and the selected Honours Project topic.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the ability to select and develop a research topic of personal interest, to identify and analyse the contextual and critical background of the selected topic, and to produce written and practical materials that demonstrate project planning and professional competence.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Undertake critical and effective information retrieval, analysis, and organisation.

2.  Review, discuss, and apply key theories and existing literature from appropriate sources to the domain of practice.

3.  Demonstrate critical self-awareness, reflective practice, and an inquiring, creative, and analytical approach to the development of an appropriate portfolio of work.

4.  Identify creative, technical, and professional skills to develop to tackle an identified creative project, and demonstrate the ability to carry out autonomous skills development and evaluation.

5.  Demonstrate the ability to develop pre-production, planning, and proposal materials for a creative project and dissertation.

Indicative Content

1 Development of research questions

Develop and present a clearly−articulated aim and research questions that reflect the shape and focus of the project

2 Information gathering and analysis

Identify, gather, and analyse relevant information that critically explores the key questions.

3 Exploring ideas

Establish a core set of pre-production artefacts and documentation to support the development of your project ideas. By cataloguing this initial developmental process, you will demonstrate an explicit exploration of ideas and thematic research.

4 Critical evaluation

Reference methods and conceptual/theoretical frameworks that can be used to develop, analyse, and evaluate your work. Consider the different aspects of creative and/or development work in your subject domain and how these can be assessed.

5 Pitching ideas

Take part in a number of sessions in order to expose your ideas to others in such a way that they understand the concept and can make judgements about how your piece will work in context.

6 Criticism and refinement

Defend your work from questioning and criticism by others. Act on feedback and work through a series of successive refinements in order to develop and strengthen your ideas

7 Ethics and professional practice

Consider social, ethical, and professional issues. Carry out a risk assessment for your project.

8 Contextual review

Develop a piece of formal written work that will address the research questions set within an appropriate academic context.

9 Proposal

Develop a research proposal that addresses the research questions and that outlines a clearly presented project plan.

10 Design and communication

Demonstrate evidence of iteration, refinement, and development of creative and technical work, and communicate the outcomes of your practice using appropriate documentation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lecture content is focused on supporting the student towards the development of their proposal and contextual review over the course of the semester. Semester one of the honours year will be supported with an optional weekly seminar that will provide students with additional access to subject specialists. Additionally, students will attend supervised practical sessions where they will work within their programme groups. Students will be assigned a supervisor after progress presentations in week 7.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 24
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 180
Independent 184

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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