Science Future and Society


Through a series of seminars and 1:1 tuition provided by academics and company representatives, students will be supported in their development of an original research proposal. This proposal will build on their previous scientific research and literature review (SCN501 and SCN503). The research proposal will be orally defended at a mock grant panel comprised of academics and students.


The aim of this module is develop the student’s ability to produce and defend a research proposal based on innovative research that will have impact (on either society, academia or industry).

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Formulate, generate and defend an innovative research or business proposal with potential impact, for example based on the requirements of the UK research councils.

2.  Determine appropriate costings and timeline(s) for the project proposal.

3.  Review and critically reflect on the validity and appropriateness of proposals developed by peers.

Indicative Content

1 Grant / business Proposal

Production of a written proposal for an original forensic or biomedical, research project. The grant/business proposal will need to demonstrate impact and will be written for a research council or similar as appropriate. Seminars will include identification of funding sources, costing of proposals, writing of proposals and 1:1 sessions with relevant academic staff.

2 Mock Grant Panel

The students will participate in a grant panel to evaluate all of the proposals produced in the module. The students will base their evaluations on the criteria used by the research councils to determine funding and will have a formative workshop before the grant panel.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Following on from SCN501, SCN502 and SCN503 students will in discussion with research-active staff at Abertay University develop and defend a funding proposal. The students will initially have small group seminars on the development of funding proposals with the relevant research-active Abertay staff to mentor the students through the writing process. This will include 1:1 sessions. The students will defend the funding proposal with a presentation to a review panel consisting of a group of peers chaired by an academic. Both the student’s presentation of their own funding proposal (including discussion with the panel) and the student’s contribution to the panel’s discussion will form part of the assessment.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 5
Supervised Practical Activity 20
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 135

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.