Honours Project Scoping and Proposal | Abertay University

Honours Project Scoping and Proposal


This module provides the student with the opportunity to propose and plan a major, in-depth individual project in an aspect of their programme. Normally projects will be devised by the student and should be drawn from current industry and/or research based problem or development areas. The project planning involves the student in researching and investigating aspects of their area of interest and then producing a structured project proposal document.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: the ability to select, and plan a major individual project in an area of personal interest, to develop and exercise research skills and to encourage self-managed learning, planning and professional competence.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate the ability to search, analyse and evaluate information from appropriate sources to make reasoned decisions and choices.

2.  Demonstrate the ability to work autonomously to plan a major project, including the consideration of associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

3.  Demonstrate a range of academic and professional communication skills.

4.  Plan and refine a project idea into a well-defined and achievable proposal.

Indicative Content

1 Investigation

Initial investigation of project topic.

2 Research

Background research of project topic.

3 Selection

Selection of project topic.

4 Evaluating

Methods of evaluating a project.

5 Presentation

Presentation and discussion of a project topic.

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Legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

7 Proposal

Production of a project proposal.

8 Project Feasibility

Production of artefacts to prove feasibility.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module promotes the self-managed learning process, including critical evaluation and planning. Students will be supported by a series of lectures providing context to undertaking a project as well as providing appropriate research methodologies and skills. An individual supervisor will be assigned towards the latter part of the module who will provide advice and assistance in the planning and management of the project. Students will identify a suitable project during the early part of the module and will be assigned a supervisor based on their chosen subject domain. Workshops and seminars will be provided which will cover relevant areas, for example, preparing for a major individual project, research ethics, advanced level library skills, and critical evaluations. Student will consider any ethical issues relating to the project and submit the proposal to the Ethics Committee for clearance. Full details on management of the process and schedule will be given in the Project Handbook.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 4
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 16
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 112
Independent 68

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.