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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MRes Ergonomics

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough Design School
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MRes PGDip
Programme title MRes Ergonomics
Programme code DSPT19, DSPT20
Length of programme
UCAS code .
Admissions criteria

Normally an upper Second Class undergraduate degree in an area relevant to the programme.

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:13:05 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • Provide training in research methodology at Masters level, suitable as a basis for doctoral research.
  • Equip students with the skills to function as trained researchers in Ergonomics
  • Provide comprehensive and detailed training in a variety of methods in both qualitative and quantitative research, and to provide training in the application of these methods in Ergonomics.
  • Equip students with an appreciation of the practical issues and principles involved in the management of research projects, particularly in relation to projects undertaken in Ergonomics
  • Offer opportunities for independent study and use of several research methods and strategies, as well as formal instruction.
  • Cultivate a range of transferable skills relevant to conducting research in a variety of contexts within Ergonomics.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Subject benchmarks for Ergonomics.
  • Research Council Research Training Guidelines.
  • QAA level descriptors for Programmes at M Level.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

Students will gain knowledge, understanding and competencies as follows:

  • Knowledge of basic principles of research design and strategy, including an understanding of how to formulate researchable problems and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research.
  • Competency in understanding and applying a range of research methods and tools.
  • Capabilities for managing research, including managing data, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics.
  • Understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques.
  • Comprehension of the distinctive issues posed in these areas by research in Ergonomics, and of the ways in which these can be addressed and resolved.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of these programmes, students should be able to demonstrate: 

  • High-level analytical and conceptual skills related to research in the Ergonomics.
  • Critical and evaluative skills at an advanced level in relation to the possibilities and problems created by research undertaken in a variety of scenarios in developed and developing countries. 
  • Ability to apply research skills in the context of an extended Dissertation, and at the level necessary to provide for further progression in a research career (academic or non-academic).
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of these programmes, students should be able to demonstrate: 

  • An appropriate awareness of issues relating to research in Ergonomics particularly in relation to matters of data accuracy and reliability.
  • The ability to critically appraise current research findings and develop appropriate research projects to challenge currently held beliefs in the Ergonomics.
  • Comprehensive and detailed training in a variety of methods in both qualitative and quantitative research, and to provide training in the application of these methods in Ergonomics.
  • An appreciation of the practical issues and principles involved in the management of research projects, particularly in relation to projects undertaken in Ergonomics.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of these programmes, students should be able to achieve the following: 

  • Management of self-learning (using the Library and other printed, audio-visual and electronic resources; revision and examination techniques, reading efficiently, problem solving, action planning, self-motivation, time management).
  • Written, verbal and visual communication (including where appropriate the use of languages other than English).
  • IT skills.
  • Project design and management.
  • Group and team work.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Semester 1 

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

DSP106

Data collection and analysis

15

PSP821

Critical literature review for human sciences research

15

PSP822

Meta-analyses

15

PSP823

Human sciences research skills & design I

15

 4.2       Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

PSP002

Qualitative research

15

PSP003

Quantitative research

15

PSP800

Human sciences short project

15

PSP824

Human sciences research skills & design II

15

 4.3       Project 

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

DSP670

Major Project: Ergonomics

60

4.4       Modules may be replaced with alternative options at the discretion of the Programme Director (e.g. where evidence is available of successful prior study).

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must meet the requirements specified in Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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