The work based research module offers the opportunity for participants to focus in depth on a topic of personal interest to them within a professional, work based context. The module will allow them scope to address a research question of applied relevance, employing appropriate research methodology to do so.
The project may be discipline specific or multidisciplinary - in a work based, applied context this is quite likely. The professional context itself must have a clear connection with the agri-food industry.
Participants will be required to maintain regular contact with their supervisors, where participants will have the opportunity to discuss their ongoing progress and offered advice to rectify any difficulties they have regarding the production of the dissertation with their supervisor. Participants will be expected to submit timely drafts of the various sections of their dissertation, which their supervisor(s) will provide feedback on. In addition, participants will be expected to produce a summary presentation giving an overview of their chosen topic, experimental design, their major results findings and a brief discussion of their data in context to published work.
On successful completion of this module participants should be able to:
This module requires an extended period of autonomous work, with staff supervisory support, leading to the production of a dissertation. Specific activities will include:
Introductory lecture detailing the requirements of a dissertation.
Compose a critical review and synthesis of published literature.
Appraisal of the contextual needs of the applied setting.
Planning and securing ethical approval for the research.
Generate experimental data and analysis using appropriate statistical tests.
Writing up and submission of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
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Reading RG6 6AP
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