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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5910M Research Skills

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Ryan Neely

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module is ONLY available to MRes Climate & Atmospheric Science students

On completion of this module, students will have a general background knowledge in Climate and Atmospheric sciences and have gained basic generic research skills.

Students will have a broad understanding of current research in these subjects and will know how to use scientific literature, write scientific papers and proposals, give oral presentations, design projects and manage their time effectively.


- Students will attend weekly departmental seminars for the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science.
- Students will attend a series of tutorials on research skills.
- Students will write a proposal describing their main project (including management/time plan) and discuss it in a short presentation.
- Students will attend a residential field course which provides a dimension of fieldwork to the programme. The course typically starts 3 Fridays before the start of term, and students will need to make arrangements to be at the University for the start of this field work.
- Students will attend a selection of foundation lectures such as Atmosphere of Planet Earth (SOEE1280), Leeds graduates will need to discuss an alternative with the Programme Leader (Jim McQuaid).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours120.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Preparation of proposal and talk: 100 hours;
- Taught UG modules: 60 hours;
- Seminar write-ups: 20 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- See individual UG modules for taught elements.
- Field work written up in notebooks and assessed on return.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentUG module leaders' specified assessment for MRes students doing UG modules20.00
FieldworkField notebook35.00
ProjectProject proposal25.00
In-course AssessmentSeminars20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:37


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