Module Title:Analytical Project and Workplace Planning
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The topic of the project will be decided at the beginning of the year by the student in consultation with the course lecturers. Topics may focus on biosciences, environmental, analytical or forensic science and will depend on the stream that the individual student is on. The student will be expected to produce a work – plan to include: 1. Aims and objectives of the project 2. Actions necessary for the achievement of objectives 3. Sources of information to be used in the project 4. Project time plan (in consultation with the supervisor) This module will involve a large amount of laboratory work (90 hours) during which students will liaise and interact with supervisory staff and regularly report on progress. Analysis of results will be followed by the submission of a written project report. Students will then make a full presentation of their research project in a formal setting using appropriate AV aids. Lecturers and fellow students will ask questions on the topic and the team of supervisors will assess the presentation. Additional approaches in the module will involve: Oral and verbal use of information technology and studio work Hands on approach to course delivery Working on own initiative and within a group environment Role playing Case studies Problem solving approach where possible Major emphasis on teamwork skills
Module Aim: To give the student an insight in the area of project design, management and operation from idea generation to final outcome and the possibility of commercial potential To allow students to apply their analytical research skills. To give the student an insight into the requirements of the modern work place and the prerequisites required for the transition from academic life to the work environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Choose a topic for an individual laboratory based project
LO2 Design, develop, undertake and report on this laboratory based research project
LO3 Liaise with supervisor and technical staff to plan the practical programme from week to week
LO4 Acquire experience in technical problem solving.
LO5 Produce, present and defend a project report including data analysis
LO6 Understand the transition from the academic to the workplace environment
LO7 Recognise the various facets of a modern workplace situation.
LO8 Be proficient in working within a team setting, or on their own, and within meeting schedules as required.
LO9 Develop time management, organisational and entrepreneurial skills.
LO10 Demonstrate the ability to “hit the ground running” within the workplace.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project 1.1
Choice of project, idea generation, project proposal in consultation with course lecturers.
Project 1.2
Planning and literature survey to ‘scope’ the project. Safety issues, MSDS, ordering materials.
Project 1.3
Week by week work-plan, to facilitate optimum use of and exposure to various and relevant laboratory facilities and techniques which may include, analytical, microbiological, chemical biochemical and sensory techniques as appropriate
Project 1.4
Log book design, control, and operation
Project 1.5
Data treatment to integrate statistical evaluation
Project 1.6
Essential requirements for the transition from the academic to the work environment
Project 1.7
Methods of recruitment (job specific)
Project 1.8
Letter of application and curriculum vitae preparation (review, job specific) mock interview, demonstrate a passion
Project 1.9
Understanding the job requirements (technical and other)
Project 1.10
Communication skills, oral, written and presentation to groups
Project 1.11
Project presentations
Project 1.12
Basic entrepreneurial, marketing and business skills
Project 1.13.
Company structure within Ireland and beyond
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Develop and optimise their curriculum vitae and cover letter by applying to mock job adverts and undergoing same. 6,7,9,10 30.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project Plan, Aims, Start-up 1,2,3,4,5,8,9 7.00 n/a
Project Methodology, Techniques, Referencing 2,3,4,5,8,9 15.00 n/a
Project Understanding, Organisation 2,3,4,5,8,9 7.00 n/a
Project Problem Solving 2,3,4,5,8,9 7.00 n/a
Project Safety, Good Work Practice 2,3,4,5,8,9 6.00 n/a
Project Results, Discussion, Conclusions 2,3,4,5,8,9 15.00 n/a
Project Project Report Presentation (30-40 pages) 2,3,4,5,8,9 6.00 n/a
Project Oral Presentation and Defence 2,3,4,5,8,9 7.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Total Hours 135.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASES_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science 3 Mandatory
CW_SAASC_D Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science 3 Mandatory