The presentation for the first viva did not go as well as expected, I believe I could have presented the research with more authority and confidence. Overall the initial feedback mentioned the way in which I presented my findings, it was not directly clear who said what and where the information was coming from as I had the entire source list at the end of the presentation. This feedback has stuck with me and I am now aware of the importance of clear source dialogue.
Overall I believe that for the first viva I had only a small amount of research gathered, following the meeting I threw myself into the research and correctly referencing information and following statements up to their original source, that mostly coming from scientific journals.
A part of the presentation showcased a timeline that I would attempt to look at in order for me to get things completed and not run over with time. By the 11th of October is when the research would take a back seat and concept designing would begin.
One worry I do have is the fact that I have a large amount of secondary research but very little primary research. I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Rachel Adams, a lecturer in the Biomedical department within Cardiff Metropolitan University. I spoke with a group of students who were also present at the meeting and the topic I focused on centered around plastic microparticles.
Plastic Microparticles – Small pieces of plastics less than 5mm in length, ‘micro’ indicating that it is difficult to even see most of the pieces.
From this meeting I was able to ask about possible research that is currently happening on microparticles but seeing as it is such a new topic, there is very little known. The lack of knowledge on these particles also makes it unknown to whether the plastics cause us any harm when ingested, we do know for a fact that the particles are found within our drinking water and the muscles of marine life that ingest the particles, the same marine life we enjoy eating so very much.
I have reached out to a number of sources that I feel could benefit my project research, an example being the RSPCA but currently I have not been contacted back.
The plan moving forward is to generate 100 ideas, an exercise that will bring out a lot of ideas that could be useful to the project, the activity is meant to get expand the possibilities for the topic.
Just a small amount gathered from the secondary research:
I will continue to contact sources that I have highlighted for possible primary research, I have shared a survey through different online websites so I am hoping the feedback I gain from this will be beneficial to my project going forward.
Current sources include:
- Culture Experts
- Packaging companies
- Plastic Production companies
Just to name a few…