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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD5545M Research and Professional Skills

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Joanne Brown

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry to MSc Qualifications

Module replaces

Research Project: Masters Students (FOOD5333M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This key module will introduce students to essential academic, research and professional skills that will support student success with their degree, research project and beyond.


- Develop and apply essential study skills to ensure successful engagement and completion of case study and program completion (e.g. academic integrity, plagiarism,Learn how to critically evaluate, summarise and disseminate scientific information relating to your discipline
-Introduce approaches to research methodologies.
- Develop and perform advanced statical analysis with the use of appropriate software.
- Build and develop appropriate skills in Food analytical Laboratory techniques (including good laboratory practices, laboratory safety and sustainable laboratory practices).
- Identify and develop relevant research and employability skills taught within their programmes of study, with the ability to self-assess and generate personal development plans.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Critically evaluate scientific information to draw appropriate conclusions
2. Utilize statistical tools proficiently to appropriately analyse and interpret data
3. Disseminate findings using scientific communications
4.Self-assess and reflect on personal development.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

1. WR9 Critical thinking and evaluation, WR10 Future thinking, WR7 Personal/Self/Career management, WR5 problem solving and analytical skills, WR13 Core Literacies
2. AS4 Academic writing, scientific Communications, A9 Academic integrity, Interpersonal skills, WR12 Active learning, , AS1 Reflection,
3.cE4 Self-awareness, E5 Self-confidence


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours113.00
Total Contact hours37.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework 1 – Formative – Introduction to Vitamin C

Coursework 2- Formative- Methodology

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/05/2024


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