Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Environmental Science Dissertation
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Only available to Honours Environmental Science
External Examiners
  • Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards (Professor - University of London)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 4 x 2 Hour Lectures
Lecture 1 x 3 Hour Lecture


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation  10 minute oral presentation (+ 3 minutes for questions), in which students present the data that they have collected and preliminarily analysed and interpreted.  10%
Semester Assessment Written Dissertation Project (9,000 words)  90%
Supplementary Assessment Supplmementray Oral Presentation  Resubmission of failed components if the aggregate mark is a fail. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the re-sat module mark.  10%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary / Resubmission Written Dissertation project  Resubmission of failed components if the aggregate mark is a fail. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the re-sat module mark.  90%

Learning Outcomes

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


To develop skills in basic research and written presentation of results. Emphasis is placed on initial design of investigations, quantitative and inferential analysis and all aspects of presentation, including argument and graphical support.

Brief description

An independent piece of research involving the collection and analysis of primary data. Normally based on fieldwork undertaken during the summer vacation and Semester 1 of the third year.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number If appropriate to the selected research topic, students may develop numerical skills through the collection, analysis and presentation of quantitative data.
Communication Written communication skills are developed through the production of a written report. Oral communication skills are developed through discussion of the research in individual supervisory or small group meetings, and through the oral presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience of planning and undertaking research in the individual and group meetings, in the oral presentation and the written report.
Information Technology Students will be expected to employ appropriate IT resources in identifying data sources and collecting data (e.g. internet, electronic information resources), in data analysis (e.g. statistical packages), in preparing for the oral presentation (e.g. using PowerPoint) and in producing the project report (e.g. word processing, GIS and mapping packages).
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and career planning will be developed as part of the APPR sessions and Personal Tutor meetings that are a part of this module. In addition, the generic skills developed through the research project will have significant transferability to a wide range of career contexts. These skills will not be assessed formally.
Problem solving Problem solving skills are developed through the identification of research questions, appropriate methodology and research plan, and through responses to difficulties experienced during data collection
Research skills Research skills are developed through the collection and analysis of data appropriate for investigation of the research questions.
Subject Specific Skills Depending on chosen topic, these may include specific data collection skills in environmental science (e.g. surveying, sampling, chemical analyses).
Team work Team work will be developed through small group debates and work in the group support sessions. These skills will not be assessed formally.


This module is at CQFW Level 6