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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 11:27:45

Title of Module: MSc Project (International)

Code: QUAL11022 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 60 ECTS: 30
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Michele  Cano

Summary of Module

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a topic in their chosen discipline and in an international context. The module is part of the Dual Award between the University of The West of Scotland and The University of Angers, France. Students will be given the opportunity to undertake this through the placement element required by the University of Angers enabling them to experience working abroad as well as carrying out the independent investigation within the work place.

The module will be assessed on a written piece of work 13000 words. If the student has elected to carry out the investigation within a company then a substantial amount of the written work will be written in English. The module will also be assessed by a presentation. Presentations will be given to members of staff from both Institutions. The module will be assessed by a member of staff from both institutions. 

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Critical Thinker
  • Ethically-minded
  • Research-minded

Work Ready

  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven


  • There are several ways that the MSc Project could take place, for example:- within a company; within an academic research group; a project undertaken in the student’s own workplace; independent work at University or elsewhere on a problem of interest to industrial or academic research and development within the fields of quality or project management.

  • Students are expected to:- identify a topic, theme or problem for investigation and provide a rationale for its selection; identify a series of specific objectives for the proposed investigation; formulate a research design appropriate to the problem or topic identified, which identifies the methods to be used and explains why they have been selected as well as highlights any potential constraints or likely problems, and sets out a feasible plan of work or timetable; and, agree the research proposal with relevant parties.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Undertake and successfully complete a substantial piece of advanced independent work relevant to the theories, practical issues and problems covered in the programme in an international setting.

L2. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of the application of research methods to the investigation of a problem or issue in quality/project management and/or technology within an international context.

L3. Make a critical assessment and evaluation of empirical evidence relevant to the problem or issue under investigation showing an understanding of impact on international cultures.

L4. Demonstrate the ability to carry out such investigations within an international setting.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Achieve a detailed knowledge of subject through research within an international context.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Synthesise information and gain a coherent understanding of theories and practices applied to an industrial context.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Develop and demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional and international settings.
Develop skills necessary for global citizenship.

Demonstrate an understanding of an issue and develop creative and practical solutions.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Applying appropriate techniques to the analysis of problem. Prepare an oral presentation and a written dissertation.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Work independently to analyse one or more issues relating to the field of study and to suggest preferred methods of dealing with such issues.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The 600 student learning hours will be divided as follows:
Tutorials and preparation of project proposal and plan (6)
Meetings and liaison with project supervisor(s)(10)
Independent study and preparation of draft thesis and presentation (524)
Oral presentation and preparation of written work (60)
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Asynchronous Class Activity60
Independent Study524
600 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bell, J. (2005) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. (4th ed.) (Maidenhead: Open University Press)
Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, Edited by Brenda Laurel, Cambridge: MIT Press, (2003)

Saunders M., Lewis P. and Thornhill A., 2012 Research methods for Business Students, 6th edition. London, Pearson.

Murray, R., 2011. How to write a thesis. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Randolph, J.J., 2009. A guide to writing the dissertation literature review. Practical assessment, research & evaluation, 14(13), pp.1-13.

Saunders, M.N. and Lewis, P., 2012. Doing research in business & management: An essential guide to planning your project. Pearson.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorDr Evi Viza
External ExaminerA Garad
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Dissertation 75%
Presentation 25%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark750

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 1 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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