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Independent Research Project: Writing Up

Communicate your research findings, successes and outcomes in the form of your primary output, the written report.

  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Writing up your independent research project

This short course examines the typical sections of an independent research project report and what each section should include. The course covers what makes a good report, and advice is provided on how to write well, including tailoring it to the needs of the intended audience, developing a writing plan, and following good habits.

What topics will you cover?

During this course you will cover the following topics:

  • Examine what sections should be present in an independent research project report and what content they should cover
  • Discuss practical advice on writing strategies
  • Identify criteria for recognising good project writing

This is supported through the following activities:

  • Considering the different audiences for your written work and how they might judge its quality and usefulness
  • Reviewing your writing plan to ensure you have enough time for everything
  • Identifying what sections or chapters your independent research project should be divided into, what each one should contain, and how much each is worth

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

Postgraduate students undertaking their final project.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Hilary Mc Laughlin-Stonham
Associate Lecture for Masters Level Courses. Hilary has taught at Universities both in the UK and abroad and is currently research active. PhD, Ma, Ma, AFHEA.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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