In this module students are taught the necessary skills for conducting academic research. Rather than being taught through the traditional lecture and seminar format, students are active participants that learn by doing and actively generate their own knowledge.
Students are paired with established researchers to carry out practical research into topics that interest them. For example, the topics in 2014/15 included 'Bias in Idea Evaluation', 'Why Offline Word of Mouth is More Positive than Online Word of Mouth' and the 'Influence of Memory Processes on Online Search Selection'.
An academic mentor guides each student through the whole research project from proposal to presentation, but the students drive the research and it is only this that they are assessed on. Research proposals, logs, presentations and posters are what matters in this module - there is no exam or essay.
This module focusses practical skills that are transferable and open new opportunities for its paricipants. For example, one of the students from the 2014/15 cohort was accepted onto the university's prestigious Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme.
The photos here show the enthusiasm and energy this year's cohort has brought to the module and the faculty involved in the module look forward to the next time they have the opportunity to teach it.
Due to the hands-on nature of the module, I had the opportunity to immediately put what was taught into practice. The process was very interesting and I enjoyed this module a lot. What I found most exciting about the module was working with my academic mentor and having the chance to tailor much of the work to my interests. In short, this is a very practical module from which you'll gain an extremely useful set of soft and hard skills. - Charissa Teo, 2nd Year Accounting and Finance Student
Module Title: Acquiring Research Skills
Module Code: IB2590
Next Available: Autumn 2015
Assessment: Weekly Logs, Research poster and Presentation