Project Research Methods


This module provides the student with the theoretical underpinning and statistical skills required to pursue a detailed investigation of a selected research topic under the guidance of a member of staff


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a range of skills required to carry out research in a specified area appropriate to the programme of study.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate current knowledge within a specified field.

2.  Produce documentation of sufficient standard to satisfy university regulatory protocols with regards to risk assessment and ethical approval.

3.  Apply a knowledge of statistical analysis to the evaluation of data and the design of experimental protocols

Indicative Content

1 Research project management

The role of literature review in research.The principles and practice of GLP and GMP, Research methods, The role of literature review in research. Research project management. Time management in the research context

2 Research project development

Research ethics. Research health and safety. Statistical skills for research

3 Experimental design & statistics

Producing an experimental design and plan for data analysis. Analysis of a data set relevant to the to the project.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will be delivered via lectures and workshops. Workshops will include compulsory sessions such as health and safety and ethics as well as sessions which can be selected by the supervisor as having relevance to the project (such as focus group analysis and COSHH assessment).

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 7
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 55
Independent 114

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.