Short Title:Final Year Project (Part 1)
Full Title:Final Year Project (Part 1)
Module Code:HTSC H4011
ECTS credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Michael Hagan
Module Description:Module Aims The project module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial individual horticultural project and take responsibility for a full project life cycle. This will enable students to consolidate and deepen their chosen area of study, and integrate knowledge and skills acquired from other modules that are part of this course. A project thesis will form a major component of the assessment of this module. Students will therefore be required to further develop written and oral communication skills alongside practical design and implementation skills. While enabling the student’s intellectual development, this module also aims to motivate the students to develop their independence, confidence and self-esteem. Specifically this module aims to: • develop the students project management skills by adhering to industry standard project management techniques; • demonstrate the students ability to draw upon those elements of scientific and production and management skills they are bringing to the project, • develop the students research skills by requiring the student to carry out primary and secondary research through empirical, quantitative and qualitative methods; • develop the students ability to make design and implementation decisions on usability, accessibility, scope, compatibility, aesthetics, cost, and technical feasibility; • develop the students ability to turn around projects with the most efficient use of time, facilities, equipment and skills; • develop the students ability to critically analyse their work as a viable product;
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Locate and report on relevant existing work and research relating to a project question, demonstrating appropriate academic referencing and writing style
  2. Pitch design ideas to an audience of their peers and staff
  3. Plan, design, undertake and document a substantial project to a professional standard
  4. Plan and present an oral description and defence of their project

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Indicative Syllabus
There is no formal syllabus since each project will be unique. However, the project should include activities such as the following: 1. Project proposal and scope; 2. Feasibility evaluation; 3. Review of relevant research and technical information; 4. Outline project plan to include milestones, strategies, task characteristics, task information, risk analysis; 5. Detailed project plan to include asset dependencies, resources/facilities dependencies, Gantt charts, ethical issues; 6. Production of Design elements; 7. Presentation of initial designs or prototypes where appropriate; 8. Production of project work itself; 9. Testing, evaluation and analysis of project effectiveness and success; 10. Review conclusions and reflections; 11. Preparation of final thesis; 12. Presentation/demonstration of final project;
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay The literature review for the project must be completed in semester 1. 1 60.00 Sem 1 End
Written Report Interim report on progress of the project to date and the work to be completed in the following semester. 3 25.00 Sem 1 End
Presentation Students will give presentations of their initial ideas near the beginning of the semester and on progress to date near the end of semester one. 2,4 15.00 Week 12
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
The coursework must be discussed in detail with the project supervisor(s), appropriate remedial or improvement work completed and re-submitted by the learner.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 60.00
Every Week 1.00
Every Week 100.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Daniel Holtom & Elizabeth Fisher, Enjoy writing your science thesis or dissertation [ISBN: 1860940900]
  • Darrel Walters,, The Readable Thesis [ISBN: 1890765023]
  • Eviatar Zerubavel 1999, The clockwork museMuse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books, Harvard University Press Cambridge, Mass. [ISBN: 0674135865]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 7 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [Add on 60 ECTS credits] 1 Mandatory