Research methods from Capstone and research methods from UG level
As a work-based learning, placement-based module, this module,s main learning method will be in the engagement with the organisation.
The student will also have supervisory support for their research.
The needs of each student will vary slightly depending on their previous experiences
Learning in practice will be key to this module.
The project will be determined on an individual basis for each student. Students may apply for one of the pre-arranged projects and/or make preliminary enquiries with their own choice of placement organisation. Any independently arranged project will be subject to approval by both the placement provider and the student’s academic supervisor, in order to ensure that the nature and content of the project both meet the provider’s needs and that the student demonstrates the module learning outcomes set out in the previous section of this form.
A placement agreement signed by the student, the provider and the student’s academic department will be completed for all students undertaking the module. If the project requires the student to acquire new knowledge or skills, this will be identified and plans put in place to support them to do so.
Inclusivity is a key consideration for all placements. All pre-arranged placements will attract a bursary, which students are free to use as they see fit to support their participation in the placement. When discussing a potential independent placement, the Director will explore options for bursary support with the organisation and the department. We will often try to attach these to forms of funding already ongoing within the university.
At the heart of this module will be the requirement that a student undertakes a 4-8 week part-time placement with an organisation, institution or community group. The precise duration of the placement will vary within this range, according to the precise nature of each individual project. The placement will normally take place during the spring to summer term, but there is scope for alternative arrangements where appropriate and feasible.
Each student will have both a work-based supervisor appointed by the provider and an academic supervisor appointed by the Department. All students will also have access to the module director for advice and support.
Students will liaise closely with their work-based supervisor on a regular basis throughout the period of their placement, and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow the student to complete the assessed work for the module.
The academic supervisor will be appointed prior to the student undertaking their placement. The expectation is that the student will receive 8 hours of direct supervision through the duration of the module, and will be available via email and phone as necessary during the period the student is on placement.