Honours Project


This module enables the student to utilise and develop further their forensic or environmental sciences (depending on the students programme) and transferable skills in planning, conducting, reporting and presenting an extensive piece of research work.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : The opportunity to apply intellectual, organisational, research and communication skills within a forensic or environmental science context (depending on the students programme), thereby further enhancing the capacity for independent thought and critical analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate practical, academic and theoretical skills associated with the operation and completion of a research based forensic or analytical science project

2.  Record day to day progress and results in an appropriate laboratory notebook/diary

3.  Present background material; analyse and interpret results; and draw appropriate conclusions in a project report

4.  Present and communicate findings effectively through a poster presentation.

Indicative Content

1 Project Work

Effectively and efficiently conduct the project into a specific aspect of Forensic/Analytical Science/Environmental Science, under the supervision of a named academic or academic team.

2 Project Log / Lab Book

Record day to day progress in the form of a project log or detailed laboratory note book and submit it for scrutiny on a weekly basis.

3 Portfolio

Produce a final project report within the given guidelines and on time. Present the outcomes of the research project by means of a poster presentation and defend the findings under critical questioning in a short viva-voce examination.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Honours project requires that students develop as confident thinkers within their chosen area of interest. They should be able to communicate the outcomes of their work by the production of a research paper and the presentation of a poster. The nature of the student learning will depend on the nature of the project itself. Some students (for instance) will have to work in collaborative teams while other work will be more individual in nature. In all cases the students will be exposed to dealing with the uncertainty that is inherent in the domain of research.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 3
Tutorial/Seminar 7
Supervised Practical Activity 25
Unsupervised Practical Activity 240
Assessment 75
Independent 50

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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.