module specification

FC6050 - Research Related Learning (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Research Related Learning
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
140 hours Guided independent study
10 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Artefact and documentation
Coursework 40%   Research Report
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module gives students the opportunity to work with research-active staff on a project that deploys their existing skills.  The supervisor will be working on a project that requires a contribution of computing, media, audio or 3D work.  The student will develop the practical aspect (programming or designing or creating assets) in conjunction with the supervisor and be involved with the deployment and testing of the resource.

Students will be expected to contribute to the writing of any subsequent research papers.

• undertake some work on a research-related project;
• become more self-aware through reflection on the development of their abilities and attributes;
• enhance subject-specific knowledge, skills and abilities;
• explore research options available to them on graduation;
• enhance professional and personal development.


• Discussion with supervisor regarding research project
• Defining scope for student contributions to research project
• Planning and management of student contributions
• Data analysis
• Reflective practice
• Dissemination of research

LO 1 - 5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students are expected to work independently, but to maintain weekly contact with their supervisor.  There will be significant scheduled time at the start of the module for meetings and briefs; and similarly scheduled time for deploying and testing and final outputs.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to.

LO1  Develop reflective skills, ability to analyse and synthesise information
LO2  Develop communication skills – written and verbal – for a research context
LO3  Develop dissemination skills for wider audience – poster and web development
LO4  Enhance personal portfolio 
LO5  Understand the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of a given field.


Diana Hopkins and Tom Reid (2018) The Academic Skills Handbook; Sage Publications Ltd

Tom Chatfield (2017) Critical Thinking; Sage Publications Ltd

Lynn Nygaard (2015) Writing for Scholars; Sage Publications Ltd

Mark Carrigan (2016) Social Media for Academics; Sage Publications Ltd

Angela Thody (2006) Writing and Presenting Research; Sage Publications Ltd