2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE5400M Environmental Research Project
45 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Steven Dobbie
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students will have developed original subject-specific knowledge in their chosen area, and written it up in the form of a research-based dissertation. They should be in a position to contribute to related critical debate through the production of a significant scientific document. They should be able: to recognise and use successfully subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles; to analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically and with skill; to collect and integrate several lines of evidence, to formulate and test hypothesis,; to recognise any moral and ethical issues relevant to their subject of research and recognise the need for professional codes of conduct, where appropriate; to draw meaningful and insightful generalisations and implications from their specific findings; to plan conduct and report on an original investigation; to undertake field, laboratory or other practical investigations in a responsible and safe manner; to reference other work appropriately; to communicate their finds effectively in written form. Over all the research outlined in the dissertation should be on the way to be considered for publication in a peer reviewed journal. In addition students will have developed further skills in self-management (working independently, time management and organisational skills), in working towards academic targets, and in adopting a flexible approach to study and work. Skills in presenting scientific information both through posters to a scientific audience and to the public through a public engagement report (new paper article, SEE outreach material etc).
Individual research programme on an approved topic. For each individual student the topic must be specifically commensurate with the title of their degree programme. Topic formulation; background reading; methodology; empirical evidence; analysis; findings; evaluation.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||404.00|
|Total Contact hours||46.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||450.00|
Private studyNB The average field / lab work time for the project is 30 hours.
Project write up: 404 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackVia advisory sessions with project supervisor, including formal check on milestones (topic formulation and progress report), and general advice on draft extracts.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project/Project/Dissertation||14,000 word written dissertation||90.00|
|Essay||Public understanding of science essay / article (2,000 words)||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 04/09/2018
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