Foundation degrees

Course Information

Research Project (Food Innovation)

Module summary

Module code: FOOD1037
Level: 7
Credits: 60
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Life and Sports Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Nazanin Zand Fard / Linda Nicolaides


Pre and co requisites



The project is a key element of study in any programme leading to a Masters award. It is the point where the knowledge and understanding acquired during the taught course is synthesised and applied to the student’s area of interest. Students reaching this stage will have acquired some experience of investigative technique and report writing through the completion of the course covering Research Methods. This course will build upon that experience and develop a rigorous approach, appropriate to the level of the award. The dissertation will be required to show not only a thorough grasp of the relevant academic underpinnings as stressed in the learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes

The students will be able to:

1. Use critical insight to assess the usefulness of the research skills and techniques applicable to their work;
2. Reflect on the significance of the relationships between theory and practice and how each can be used to modify the other;
3. Provide explanations of research findings;
4. To achieve expected outcomes with a large degree of autonomy.

Indicative content

• discussion with tutors during the first term to identify a relevant topic of research;
• survey of information available to determine the nature and type of primary data that should be generated;
• analysis and thematic categorisation (relevant to the research problem) of information obtained, including students’ own knowledge;
• establishing a methodology appropriate to the research constraint and overall research aim;
• generation of primary data;
• analysis and interpretation of the primary and secondary data in relation to the study objectives;
• formulation of conclusions and recommendation;
• preparation of dissertation and presentation of the study, with its conclusions and recommendations.

Teaching and learning activity

The activities in this course will develop the students’ ability to gradually take more responsibility for their own development in preparation for the completion of the project. There are primarily two sets of teaching and learning activities both of which feed off each other. First are the teaching and learning activities located in the Research Methods course, which enable students to understand and reflect on the different methodologies used for data collection, analysis and interpretation. Second are the on-going discussions with the tutor allocated to the student which helps the student identify, develop and formulate a research proposal and appropriate methodology. Supporting the latter are private studies which include guided reading reflective thinking.

Scheduled contact hours:

(Include in scheduled time project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work, fieldwork and external visits.)
Lectures 0;
Seminars 0;
Supervised practical sessions 0;
Tutorials 20;
Formative assessment 0;
Other scheduled time 0.
Guided independent study:
(Include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice and revision.)
Independent coursework 580;
Independent laboratory work 0;
Other non-scheduled time 0;
Placements and year abroad:
Work placements 0;
Work-based learning 0;
Year abroad 0;
Other placement 0.
Total hours: (Should be equal to credit x 10) 600.


Presentation on Research Methodology: 30% weighting. Pass mark 50%. 10 minute presentation with peers.
Learning outcomes 1 - 2.

Research Project: 70% weighting. Pass mark 50%.
10,000 words in main body of document
One copy of the
dissertation will be
submitted on a pre-
determined date as well as one copy electronically on moodle.
Learning outcomes 1-4.