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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE3710 Frontiers in Environmental Research

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Ian Burke

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications


Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- Recognising and using subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles- Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research- Collecting and integrating several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses- Applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems- Planning, conducting and reporting on investigations- Communicating appropriately to a academic audiences in written form- Developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (eg working independently, time management and organisation skills)- Using the Internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information- Recognising the moral and ethical issues of investigations and appreciating the need for professional codes of conduct.


This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to engage directly with the high level research being conducted within the school during research seminars and to allow students to engage in and investigate an area of science not normally covered during standard content based modules. Students also should expect to gain contact with research leaders within the School. Attendance will be compulsory at all seminars with attendance monitoring and marks reduction applied for lack of attendance.

Assessment will be via a 3000 word literature review based on one of the research seminars. Allocation of students to topics will be by student choice but limited number of available markers. Marking will be distributed to SEE dissertation supervisors according to specialist subject knowledge and staff workloads with appropriate input from the Dept. HoS.

Assessment deadline will be end of semester two in order to avoid dissertation hand in. (Students may not submit literature reviews submitted for credit during the dissertation module SOEE 3030).

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Practice skills in analysis, synthesis and integration of information, and in the application of related theoretical knowledge, where relevant. They will appreciate related issues of the investigation of the exploitation of resources and other human impacts on the environment.
- Gain an understanding of the range of academic research carried out within the school and produce a high quality literature review to a tight deadline.
- Demonstrate ability to engage with academic research and critically evaluate the state of the science knowledge in a chosen area.


- 15 x SEE research seminars
- Topics and academics chosen will reflect the 5 streams with Environmental science: Earth; Atmosphere: Biosphere: Water and Environmental Management, with 2-4 researchers in each area.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session12.002.00
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Time for private reading to back up seminars and preparation of written assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Drop in session during semester two to ensure students have chosen topics and are aware of requirements for final submission.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/09/2016


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