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Module Title LM Research Proposal
SchoolPhysics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Module Code 03 35148
Module Lead Mark Dennis and Richard Mason
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Tutorial-10 hours
Guided independent study-190 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module enables students in the CDT for Topological Design to take ownership of a research programme by developing a research proposal which is assessed by a mock ‘grant panel’

Under the guidance of mentors, students will develop a proposal for a research project in topological design in their area of expertise and interest, following a guidance document with sections similar to a typical research proposal (following the EPSRC template).

Complementing this, the students will work through a set of self-study exercises on the principles and practice of data science, and will incorporate data science elements as appropriate into their research proposal.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Create, develop and express their own research ideas in an appropriate language for a research council proposal, to be judged by a panel of experts potentially outside the student’s primary research field;
  • Present their proposal to a panel in appropriate written and presentational forms
  • Understand the basic principles of data science and apply core algorithms to a variety of data of different types.
  • Demonstrate competency with version control for code and archiving of data.
Assessment 35148-01 : Proposal Document : Coursework (40%)
35148-02 : Interview : Presentation (20%)
35148-03 : Data Science : Coursework (40%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
Final report, Research Proposal ~4000 words (40%)
Mock panel interview (20%)
Portfolio of Data Science exercises (40%)

Resubmission of the relevant summative elements
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