Module details for Honours Project


This module enables the student to utilise and develop their skills in 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.  Present and communicate findings effectively through a poster presentation.

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

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

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.

4 Presentation

Present the outcomes of the research project by means of a poster presentation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 3
Tutorial/Seminar 7
Practical Activity 265
Assessment 75
Independent 50
Total 400

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.