|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||15 minute oral presentation (September)||10%|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation (13,000-15,000 words)||90%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of failed components.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Independently formulate a research design and hypotheses.
Demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical principles of scientific research.
Place research in appropriate wider contexts.
Search for relevant literature and databases.
Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate data collection and analysis techniques.
Present the results and conclusions of their research in a coherent manner in the form of a professionally produced dissertation.
Present the results and conclusions of their research in a coherent manner in the form of an oral presentation.
Examples of potential MSc dissertation projects include:
Application of hyperspectral imagery to mapping contaminated floodplains.
Channel morphodynamics following a large-scale tailings dam failure
Assessing rates of sediment delivery to Llyn Tegid, North Wales
Assessing the geomorphological impacts of micro-hydropower schemes
Mobillity of large woody debris in small catchments
Monitoring and modelling the dynamics of river restoration using novel geomatics technologies
Developing numerical models to simulate the translation and dispersion of sediment pulses (e.g. from landslides, dam breach outburst floods)
Modelling flood risk to people and property in geomorphologically dynamic environments
Numerical modelling of braided river morphodynamics
- Devise research project.
- Complete necessary background reading.
- Complete necessary field and laboratory work (where appropriate)
- Complete written dissertation.
- Prepare and deliver research presentation.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||The dissertation may involve the collection and analysis of primary data. In which case students will organise their data using databases, analyse data with appropriate statistical techniques and present sometimes complex quantitative datasets using graphs and tables.|
|Communication||There is an oral presentation to staff and peers. Written communication is assessed through the submission of the dissertation.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will undertake a significant amount of self-directed study, including extensive reading, field and laboratory work. In order to complete the research on time, students need to demonstrate good time management.|
|Information Technology||Students will be expected to use a range of information technology in the generation of their dissertations and in the oral presentation of their work. Students will become familiar with the critical use of online source materials such as journals and policy documents. Some students may choose to use GIS software or freely available remote sensing data as part of their research. Others may wish to use numerical modelling software, Excel or statistical packages to interrogate databases, generate analyses and produce graphical outputs|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The dissertation will develop high level skills in synthesising, evaluating and presenting complex information. The presentation of information, orally and in the dissertation are key components of the module. This is useful preparatory experience for PhD research, and positions in environmental consultancies, conservation groups, and government environmental management agencies.|
|Problem solving||Students are expected to define a research problem and to devise an appropriate strategy to solve the problem.|
|Research skills||Research skills are integral to the dissertation as it is based on research enquiry. All students will develop a range of research skills, dependent on the nature of their topic.|
|Subject Specific Skills||This will depend on the topic of the dissertation.|
|Team work||This is an independent project and teamwork is only anticipated if safety considerations in the field demand it.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7