Module details for Project and Professional Practice Preparation


This module provides the student with the theoretical and analytical skills for research methods required to pursue a detailed investigation of a selected research topic under the guidance of a member of staff. The module facilitates the recognition and communication of technical and transferable skills for project work and future professional practice.


The aims of this Module are to provide the student with: a range of research skills required to carry out research and analyse results related to a specified area appropriate to the programme of study, and to understand and communicate their own strengths and areas for development, take responsibility for their own learning and professional development.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate current knowledge within a specified field.

2.  Demonstrate practical and laboratory skills and relate to theory and concepts.

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

4.  Assess and evidence skills, knowledge and behaviours against competency statements

Indicative Content

1 Research project management

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

2 Research project development

Research ethics. Research health and safety.

3 Practical and laboratory skills

Practical and laboratory skills required for the project.

4 Competencies relating to professional roles and status

Linking examples of previous and planned activity with competency statements

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 36
Assessment 50
Independent 96
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.