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MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science

This masters-level project module, which is entirely online, is an opportunity for you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a subject of your own choice as part of your MSc in Professional Science (F60). The only constraint on the subject is that it must be linked to one or more knowledge-based learning objectives of each of your previous MSc in Professional Science modules. Your project can be literature based, involve laboratory or fieldwork, or include the design and use of a questionnaire. You will have the support and guidance of a tutor, both by email and telephone.

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07 Nov 2015 Oct 2016 £1748.00

Registration closes 15/10/15 (places subject to availability)

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This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2018.

What you will study

The study materials provide guidance on planning your project and help with searching literature, analysing data and writing the report. As part of your first piece of assessment you will develop a proposal for a project on your chosen subject. Two intermediate submissions will help you to keep your project on track. You are expected to check the SXB810 website and online forums frequently. This module also includes group discussions in online tutorials.

Entry

You must have declared the MSc in Professional Science (F60) as your study intention and normally have completed 120 credits from the optional modules for this MSc.

You will also need good computing skills (e.g. able to search the Web, use email and use word processing packages).

All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for the level of study you wish to take. We strongly recommend that students have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

Preparatory work

You may find reading the following book useful before and during your studies:

Divan, A, Communication skills for the Biosciences (2009), Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-922635-1.

Qualifications

SXB810 is a compulsory module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Excluded combinations

Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with an adviser before registering.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Your project, whatever its nature, must include an appropriate literature review. 

You will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a personal computer and the internet. The module requires you to access literature resources electronically and relies on online forums. Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical and scientific materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. 

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.

Study materials

What's included

Web-based text, module software and access to the Open University Library.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. You may also be required to perform other tasks, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment. The additional software for these tasks will either be provided or is freely available.

We recommend either of the following:

  • Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
  • Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.

A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.

We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above
  • Apple Safari 7 and above
  • Google Chrome 31 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.

Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.

See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a supervisor who will provide individual support and guidance for your project and will mark and comment on your written work. Electronic communication will be used extensively.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessment (EMA) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in November 2015. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information about distance learning at the OU read Study explained.

Course facts
About this course:
Course code SXB810
Credits 60
OU Level Postgraduate
SCQF level 11
FHEQ level 7
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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