Module details for Project Research Methods


This module provides the student with the theoretical underpinning 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

Review of primary research literature to underpin a specified research project

2 Research project development

Research ethics. Research health and safety. Statistical skills for research as appropriate to the chosen project

3 Experimental design & statistics

Producing an experimental design and plan for data analysis.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 7
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 55
Independent 114
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.