|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation: Marks awarded for initial design, content (double weighted) & presentation||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of dissertation||100%|
On succesful completion of this module students will be able to:-
- demonstrate in depth knowledge of their chosen subject area
- demonstrate critical thought
- demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research
- demonstrate the ability to synthesise conflicting/ complimentary arguments
- present, where appropriate, data in numerate form
This module takes the form of a student-led independent research project on an environmental science topic. An appropriate topic is proposed by the student and approved by the Module Coordinator and/or a nominated supervisor. The project involves five stages: (i) the identification of a research topic and development of an appropriate research plan; (ii) empirical research to collect primary data and/or collate information from secondary sources, as appropriate for the research topic; (iii) the analysis of data and information, including the interpretation of findings in the context of existing knowledge and theories; iv) an assessed oral presentation in which students summarise the data collected and outline their preliminary analyses and interpretations; (v) the production of a 9 000 word final written report.
To develop skills in research and oral and written presentation of research. Emphasis is placed on investigative design, quantitative and inferential analysis, and all aspects of presentation, including articulacy, literacy and graphicacy.
(i) four individual meetings with their supervisor across semesters 1 and 2. These meetings will enable the advisor to provide their student with individual feedback and guidance and will also act as the basis of the Personal Tutor system at Level 3;
(ii) a small group meeting during semester 1, attended by a supervisor’s complement of dissertation supervisees. These meetings will act as a basis for discussing presentation skills, which will help the students to complete their independent project;
(iii) three generic skills lectures (which will have a significant APPR component) for the degree scheme or the whole year group, where appropriate. Some of these will act as support sessions for the Dissertation (e.g. structuring your dissertation, presentation skills), while others may focus on CPD issues (e.g. relating to skills and employability).
This module is at CQFW Level 6