Research Project (BACD4) Honours EDUC4087

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course enables students to develop and produce an independent research-based project on a community development issue, project, or practice related to their own area of interest or specialisation.


4 sessions of 3 hours duration

Requirements of Entry

Completion of level 3, or equivalent, with a GPA of 12 (C3) across levels 1, 2, and 3


Applied Research Methods (BACD4)


Students will produce an 5000-word dissertation based on their research project, in which they will:


Justify their choice of topic, rationale, and methodology for their research project

Review relevant literature and present this in a reflective way

Conduct secondary and practitioner research (including data analysis)

Determine outcomes and conclusions from research

Course Aims

The aim of the research project is for students to conduct and report on a piece of research that is relevant to contemporary community development practice. The project is the final work of the student to acquire an Honours degree and is an important indication of the independent, creative, critical, and academic skills of the student.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


LO1 Justify their choice of topic, rationale, and methodology for their research project

LO2 Review relevant literature and present this in a reflective way

LO3 Conduct secondary and practitioner research (including data analysis)

LO4 Determine outcomes and conclusions from research

LO5 Present their work in a coherent and well-structured way, both orally and through written text

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed