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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 10:57:38

Title of Module: Group Research Project

Code: COMP10076 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Henry  Hunter

Summary of Module

This module develop research skills, including reviewing a variety of research methodologies and their applicability to a range of projects. The module requires the student to undertake a substantial group based project with a solid research dimension concerned with an aspect of the conceptual development, or application of an appropriate topic, within the security domain. This study will be concerned with a specific problem and include a systematic investigation, including a review of literature appropriate to the context of the problem, an analysis of appropriate technologies/approaches and a practical implementation or experimentally based evaluation or study. The project will also involve a reflective evaluation of the project results, approach taken and its applicability in the wider context. Students must also reflect on professional and ethical issues related to their project.

This module will develop multi-disciplinary skills in the areas of group working, leadership and social awareness, planning, decision-making, data collection and analysis. At this programme level the group is expected to be significantly autonomous and demonstrate a high degree of initiative. 

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
  • Team Player
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven

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. Develop a proposal and execute an effective plan for research project or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.

L2. Demonstrate literature review and critical evaluation skills appropriate to the level of study.

L3. Apply a selection of advanced research skills and practices, with an appreciation of current and emerging research in relevant discipline areas.

L4. Write a detailed, well argued and coherent report of high quality, and to present the work orally to an informed audience.

L5. Analyse the professional and ethical issues that apply within the context of the project and analyse the group behaviour over the project duration to provide supported peer review.

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 10.

Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of: a range of subject areas that are relevant to the project, including some at the forefront and outside the discipline, and their application to the project; the wider multidisciplinary context and its underlying principles; the issues surrounding navigating the languages of different disciplines; social, legal and ethical considerations; teamwork and time management techniques.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Execute a project involving research, development or investigation. Liaise with profes- sional practitioners to determine scope and requirements, and criteria for judging suc- cess. Use acquired skills and knowledge to pursue the objectives of the project. Apply processes and methodologies, adapting them in unfamiliar situations. Use creativity and innovation in a practical context. Perform critical analysis in an interdisciplinary setting. Working autonomously, taking responsibility for own learning objectives.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Acquire specialist knowledge through critical study of relevant research literature. Demonstrate creative and innovative ability in the synthesis of solutions and under- take appropriate analysis of problems. Relate project to current research and develop- ment, and identify potential novel contributions that might arise. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of techniques. Prepare an argument from a multi-disciplinary perspec- tive. Solve unfamiliar problems and address challenges encountered.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Produce a written report which accurately and reliably summarises the project work using the full range of principal concepts and approaches in the subject area that are relevant to the project. Make a formal presentation about a specialised topic to an informed audience.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Work as part of a team to manage a project, by planning and allocating tasks,and by coordinating activities with others. Handle conflict inherent in a group project. Make critical judgements of own and other people’s work. Exercise autonomy and initiative in undertaking a significant piece of independent work. Appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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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
Students will be primarily prepared for the project through the Research Methods module, which builds upon the project skills which students will have developed from previous program levels and emphasises the specific research related methods and skills applicable. Students’ understanding of this area is enhanced through a short series of lectures of research skills appropriate to the level of study. The procedures for allocating and undertaking this module will be given in the seminars and guidance material issued to students in preparation for undertaking this module.

This module consolidates and integrates the concepts introduced in earlier academic studies and places an emphasis on the specific research methods and skills applicable at the level of study. Students will undertake the project within a group environment with guidance from an appropriate supervisor. The supervisor will assist in identifying the scope of the project. Where appropriate the supervisor will provide advice and guidance to the group in the development of their project deliverables, and in the planning and monitoring of the project’s progress. The project provides the opportunity to develop independent learning, with directed learning at the discretion of the supervisor.

The pedagogical objective is to position theoretical learning within practical situations to correlate theory with practice. To this aim, students will be exposed to keynote lectures from industrial specialists on a range of different subject specific topics, and encouraged where possible to engage with industrial, business and public sector partners to ensure that they are working on solution to real world problems.
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)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity20
Independent Study370
400 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:

(**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 BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorMark Stansfield
External ExaminerM Davis
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Research Proposal (15%) - Prior to undertaking the full project students are required to produce an assessable research proposal which includes a detailed outline of the individual contribution to be made by each student.

Assignment: Report (65%) - The module is assessed primarily on the submission of a group-based technical report.
Presentation: Poster Presentation (10%) - Groups will also provide an oral poster presentation.
Assignment: Individual Reflective Report (10%) - In
addition to the team deliverables each member of the team is required to submit an individual self and peer assessment and a reflective report.
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark150
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark650

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Demonstrations/ Poster presentations/ Exhibitionscheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark100

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark100
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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 suitable for any student. The assessment regime will be applied flexibly so that a student who can attain the practical outcomes of the module will not be disadvantaged. When a student discloses a disability, or if a tutor is concerned about a student, the tutor in consultation with the School Enabling Support co-ordinator will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made.
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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