Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Produce a 15-20,000 word (maximum) research thesis.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Students will be required to resubmit the thesis.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this modules, students should be able to:

  • devise testable hypotheses, define focused aims and objectives
  • assimilate and synthesise information from published research
  • work competently and safely in the lab/field to produce robust data
  • demonstrate proficiency in statistical and research methodologies
  • present research data in the generic format required for a scientific thesis
  • evaluate research data in a wider context
  • conduct research searches using library, IT and database resouces
  • manage time efficiently by setting realistic goals and targets.

Brief description

The research project involves independent study by the student on a relevant topic in managing the environment. Students can put into practice techniques and research skills acquired in earlier modules including experimental design, data generation and handling and thesis writing. A range of project topics will be offered by staff depending on their research interests and expertise. There is also the possibility of project work with outside agencies with which IBS has collaborations.


Initially the student will define an area of research interest as a result of background reading and prior knowledge, interest and expertise.

Having focused the objectives and devised the experimental design, the student will then be responsible for data collection through the appropriate vehicle e.g. lab/field or both.

Interpretation of data in the wider context of published literature.

Preparation, completion and submission of thesis.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Given that the objective of research is to aquire good quality data which is then analysed appropriately, the application of number is integral to this module.
Communication Writing skills will be developed through the production of the research thesis.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will need to take responsibility for their own learing from published materials and settign feasible goals and targets for successful submission.
Information Technology Students will need to use a variety of software packages for thesis production, data analysis and data mining of databases.
Personal Development and Career planning It is intended that the techniques and skills developed during this module will have an important voc\ational value. Students should also gain confidence in their ability to work independently.
Problem solving Students will identify a research avenue and will be responsible for finding appropriate solutions to the scientific problem identified.
Research skills These skills are integral to the module.
Team work Students may have the opportunity for developing their team skills by interacting with other researchers in the field/lab. However the emphasis in this module is on independent research.


This module is at CQFW Level 7