Project Design and Grantsmanship

Module titleProject Design and Grantsmanship
Module codeHPDM031P
Academic year2018/9
Module staff

Professor Alison Curnow (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides postgraduate students with the knowledge and practical skills required for independent project design and development with a particular focus on their personal Masters Dissertation.  Individual problem identification and innovative solution generation is encouraged, whilst identifying key stakeholders in the knowledge exchange process and developing the persuasive skill set of professional grantsmanship.

No pre-requisites or specialist knowledge are required to undertake this module, which is well suited to interdisciplinary learning.  Delivery is via four focused days of expert-led small group learning, interspersed by personal study undertaken at your own pace and supported by our internet resources.

Module aims - intentions of the module

Students undertaking this module will develop the knowledge and skills required to design and develop an independent research project.  This will include pertinent elements of project design methodology and project management as well as the iterative knowledge exchange process.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate the professional ability to derive a robust, meaningful and focused research question, of relevance to your own discipline/practice
  • 2. Demonstrate a practical and applied understanding of the design, methodology and project management appropriate to the proposed project and justify chosen approach

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Develop a coherent persuasion and business case for a project proposal through the systematic, critical evaluation and synthesis of relevant evidence from a range of sources

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the process of knowledge exchange within your own discipline/practice and identify the potential value of the project to end users

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Question generation and problem identification

Systematic evaluation and needs assessment

Investigative methodologies

Project and resource management

Knowledge exchange

How to write a business plan/project proposal/grant application

Presentation skills

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning & teaching activities20All student taught sessions
Guided independent study30Session preparation and follow up work utilising resources provided on ELE
Guided independent study100Reading and assignment preparation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Class discussions and small group work activitiesEach taught session1, 2, 3, 4Facilitator and peer feedback in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project outline plus oral presentation502 pages (~750 words) plus 5-6 minutes presentation + Q&A1, 2, 3, 4Written
Project proposal 508 pages (< 3,200 words1, 2, 3, 4Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Project outline plus oral presentation (50%)Project outline plus oral presentation(2 pages plus 5-6 minutes presentation + Q&A1, 2, 3, 4During or prior to the August/September Referral/Deferral period
Project proposal (50%)Project proposal (8 pages)1, 2, 3, 4During or prior to the August/September Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

This module in its entirety is condonable in accordance with TQA 8.6. 

 In accordance with TQA 11.2.3; where a student fails part of the assessment on a module, but passes the module as a whole, the module will be deemed to have been passed and referral will not be applicable.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Usherwood. (1996). Introduction to Project Management in Health Research: A Guide for New Researcher. Buckingham, Open University Press.

Sharp JA, Peters J and Howard K. (2002). The management of a student research project. Aldershot, Gower Publishing Company.

Reardon R, Lavis J and Gibson J. (2006).  From Research to Practice: A Knowledge Transfer Planning Guide.  Institute for Work & Health (

Lock D. (2007). The Essentials of Project Management (3rd edition). Aldershot, Gower Publishing.

Swetnam D. (2005).  How to Plan, Prepare and Present Successful Work (3rd edition). Trowbridge, Cromwell Press Ltd.

Cronin P, Ryan F and Coughlan M. (2008).  Undertaking a literature review a step-by-step approach. British Journal of Nursing. 17(1); 38-43.

ELE page:

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Human health, environment, research, project, method, knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, stakeholder, grantsmanship, grant, proposal, dissertation, project management, study design, research question, business case.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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