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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5191M Biodiversity and Conservation MSc and MRes Summer Project

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Simon Goodman

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to prepare research proposals, conduct substantial pieces of independent research, and prepare both written and oral reports.

The students will also gain skills in specific practical techniques of value in their proposed careers, including knowledge of time management and organisation, communication via different methods, awareness of health and safety issues.

Learning outcomes
Students will be expected to have obtained knowledge of:
- preparing a risk assessment of safe working procedures for the research project.
- completing a laboratory, field or computer-based independent research project.
- an in-depth understanding of key concepts or issues in a conservation-related field.
- gained experience in the collation, analysis and presentation of scientific data, which may include advanced analytical techniques.
- prepared and submitted a detailed report in a scientifically acceptable format, including an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion.
- prepared and presented a seminar about your research results and have the confidence to answer questions about your research.
- competence to read and synthesise scientific papers, interpret data in scientific papers and assess them critically in order to draw appropriate conclusions.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to plan, implement and report on a research project in the form of both a written report and a poster presentation.


An approximately 3 month practical on a specific topic in biodiversity and conservation. The research area to be negotiated with staff, sometimes in combination with outside agencies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours569.50
Total Contact hours30.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

This is an independent research module. Each project will vary according to the needs of the particular research question being addressed, with varying emphasis on computer/analytical, Lab. and field-based work. Each student will prepare a preliminary proposal, a written report and a seminar outlining their results.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular meetings with supervisors.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject report60.00
PresentationVerbal presentation15.00
Research ProposalProject proposal10.00
In-course AssessmentPerformance assessed by Project Supervisor15.00
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: 07/01/2022


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