APS 330 Project

Level 3
Semester 1
Credits 20
Pre/Co Requisites APS 240
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff Each student will be allocated a supervisor
Co-ordinator Dr Fiona Hunter


The aim of a project is to provide an opportunity to undertake an original investigation.


The area of project work will depend on the supervisor. Supervisors will offer project work in broad areas related to their research interests. Students will be allocated to supervisors on the basis of student preference and overall performance in Level 1 and Level 2 (semester 1) examinations. Once allocated to a supervisor, the exact nature of project work will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

DELIVERY METHOD: Work in the laboratory or field and discussion sessions with the supervisor.

STUDENT CONTACT HOURS: Meetings with the supervisor at least once a fortnight. As an overall guide, the total amount of time that should be spent on a project, including preparation, performance, writing-up and discussions with the supervisor should be about 180 hours.

ASSESSMENT METHOD: Project report. Performance in the laboratory or field including notebook.

ASSESSMENT WEIGHTING: 90% Report, 10% Performance & Notebook


FEEDBACK: The student will meet with their supervisor at 2 week intervals. It is the student’s responsibility to range these meetings and set the agenda for them. The student will receive feedback on their ideas (in writing for written work and verbally for discussions in meetings). Students are encouraged to submit sections of their projects for feedback at regular intervals. Supervisors will provide written feedback on these sections and discuss how the work could be improved. To ensure that all students receive feedback in a timely manner before the Christmas vacation, all work must be submitted for feedback purposes no later than Monday 7th December 2015. This is a final cut-off date but it is not a one-off event and students are encouraged to seek feedback at every opportunity.

Students will be able to see their marked projects in March by making an appointment with their personal tutor.

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