In your final year, you will complete an independent study project totalling 40 credits. We offer three optional modules to help you fulfil this requirement within Liberal Arts and Sciences. You are also free to base your independent study project wholly within your Major.
Interdisciplinary Research Project – 20 or 40 credits
This project option develops focused engagement with the interdisciplinarity which is at the heart of the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences approach to learning. The end product will reflect your unique pathway through the LANS degree and express your experience of working across disciplinary boundaries, demonstrating your ability to contemplate thought-provoking questions, engage in innovative approaches to knowledge, and to seek creative solutions to a range of debates.
Your research focuses on a topic or problem rooted in interdisciplinary study and, generally, it will be one you define yourself. The exception will be if you wish to conduct research wholly within and across the natural sciences, where projects are typically first articulated by academic staff. Once you have generated your idea you will consult with a supervisor to define its parameters with reference to current scholarship and knowledge. Once this stage is completed you will design the project and conclude by producing a substantial portfolio of independent research.
You can take a 40 credit or (shorter) 20 credit LANS independent research project. If you choose the latter, then you will be required to take an additional 20 credits of independent study work. This might be fulfilled through your Major, or by taking both of the following LANS Entrepreneurial Skills modules.
Learning Entrepreneurial Skills – Semester One – 20 credits
“The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – people who are creative, inventive and discoverers” - Jean Piaget
An enterprising and entrepreneurial mind-set and skill-suite in graduates are highly prized by employers globally, and are essential to ensuring that you are able to compete at a high level within the graduate labour market. This module will help you become enterprising in your approach to problems by encouraging you to develop abilities, behaviours and qualities to ‘make things happen’. Through engagement with a range of experts and opportunities to test out your ideas through ‘hands on’ activities you will strengthen your diverse skill set by approaching a series of challenges in a creative and resourceful way.
Working in teams, and through research, business plan creation, and a pitch of the business plan, this module supports your development as:
• Enterprising, creative and transformative thinkers
• Effective problem solvers and communicators
• Globally and locally aware advocates
• Actors up-to-date with technological innovations
• Confident and flexible life-long learners
• Resilient and effective leaders
Entrepreneurial Start-Up – Semester Two – 20 credits
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
Your business plan has successfully been pitched, what next? Building on attributes and skills targeted in Learning Entrepreneurial Skills, students now explore product viability through to launch. The actual product launch is not embedded in the module, but you can of course pursue this if your product has genuine viability.
You receive initial training in how to demonstrate entrepreneurial skills to an external audience or interviewer, and engage in independent guided learning as part of a team, collaborating on the design, and ultimately through the planning and viability-testing phases for your chosen output. Your progress through this module is supported and guided by the University’s outstanding Careers Network team.