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How to get the most out of Developing Your Research Project

So, how much will you need to study and what will you be able to do by the end of eight weeks? How might tutors / supervisors use this course?

How much do I need to study? Do I need to study the materials in a particular order?

We encourage you to study around one hour per week and if it takes you more than eight weeks to cover all of the material, that’s absolutely fine especially as your research project itself is likely to take considerably longer than eight weeks.

You will find that developing a research project is an iterative process and that you are very likely to need to move forwards and backwards through the course material as you are developing your thoughts. It is perfectly fine to study it in the order that suits you best.


What will you have achieved by the end of Week 8?

If you follow the guided activities week by week, by the end of eight weeks you could reasonably aim to have:

  • considered whether undertaking a research project really is for you
  • picked a topic, created a draft hypothesis and some research questions
  • written a draft research proposal (around 200 words)
  • considered what research methodologies you will be using and updated your research proposal to reflect this
  • written a summary of your updated research proposal

Notes for tutors / supervisors

These materials will remain available for you to use with your students either in the classroom or on a one-to-one basis throughout the academic year. However, students must be signed up before the end of Week 7 as after this it becomes a closed community for the rest of the academic year.

The philosophy of our mentoring team is to promote interaction amongst participants where possible rather than jumping in immediately with responses. However, as the scope of this course is extremely broad, we will be delighted if tutors / supervisors choose to join in the discussions and add their thoughts. You may find it helpful for students to indicate in your profile that you are a tutor / supervisor.

You may find the additional course resources useful.

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Developing Your Research Project

University of Southampton

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