|| EAM3260 |
|| RESEARCH DISSERTATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ANALYSIS |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Bill Perkins |
|| Semester 3 (Summer) |
|| Dr Bill Perkins, Dr Nicholas J G Pearce |
|| Successful completion of core and optional semester 1 and 2 Masters level modules |
| Course delivery
|| Other || No formal contact time but students will be assigned a supervisor to provide guidance and advice during the course of the research and the writing of the dissertation. |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Present a research seminar.||10%|
|Semester Assessment|| Produce a 15,000 - 20,000 word (maximum) research thesis.||90%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| Presentation marks to be carried forward. Resubmit research thesis.|| |
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Independently formulate research design and hypotheses.
2. Demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical principles of scientific research.
3. Place research in appropriate wider contexts.
4. Search relevant databases.
5. Undertake independent fieldwork (if applicable)
6. Undertake appropriate laboratory analyses.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate statistical and analytical methodologies.
8. Present the results and conclusions of their research in a coherent manner in the form of professional quality thesis with due consideration to aspects of data quality.
9. Present the results and conclusions of their research in a coherent manner in the form of an oral presentation.
10. Work to a tight schedule.
The research project is an independent study on a chosen research question in EMA. Students will have the possibility to specialise in the use of specific technique(s) in order to solve particular research questions. Students will be encouraged to collect materials for analysis and thus obtain data sets from appropriate environmental media. Projects will often be related to research interests of staff and may involve collaboration with external bodies (e.g. Environment Agency)
Students will be expected to devise a research enquiry and to use appropriate laboratory and interpretation/visualization as well as GIS techniques (where appropriate modules have been taken) to solve the research problem.
Devise research enquiry.
Complete necessary background reading.
Complete necessary field and laboratory work.
Complete written thesis.
Prepare and deliver research presentation.
|| Students are expected to devise a research enquiry and to use appropriate techniques to solve the problem. |
|| Research skills are integral to the successful completion of the module as it is based on a research enquiry. |
|| Students will present their work to their colleagues and to members of staff through the medium of a formal presentation. |
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|| Students will conduct much of this work independently; therefore there is a requirement for them to read appropriate literature and to ensure that maintain good time management to complete the research on time. |
|| Team work may be required for the collection of appropriate environmental media in the field. |
|| Team work may be required for the collection of appropriate environmental media in the field.
Students may use a variety of statistical, graphical, spreadsheet, data handling and GIS software.
|Application of Number
|| The research will involve the analysis of data. Statistical tests will be performed on the data set. |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Skills gained in specialist analytical techniques, together with other software (includingGIS where appropriate) will directly aid those seeking a career in the environmental field. |
This module is at CQFW Level 7