Module Identifier EA30330  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Tony Jones  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite EA20510 , Available only to Environmental Earth Studies students.  
Course delivery Practical   Practicals / Field Days. No set classes. The data collection should normally occupy six weeks, during the summer vacation between the 2nd and 3rd years.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   No set classes. With the associated follow-up work and thesis preparation, during Semester 1 of the third year, the total work should be equivalent to a triple module. The supervisor acts as Academic Tutor; discussions with the supervisor are equivalent to level 3 tutorials and are assessed as part of the dissertation (see below).  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Combined: Assessment of the approach and execution of the work, field and/or laboratory notebooks or other notes, any relevant maps, and an independently produced dissertation.The Dissertation itself is judged on technical ability, use of literature, text (grammar, style, editing), and graphics (neatness, clarity, relevance).90%
Semester Assessment Presentation: Oral presentation: based on clarity and content, use of visual aids, and response to discussion. 
Supplementary Assessment Resit: Involves resubmission of the Dissertation. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
The objective of this module is to give the student experience in the formulation, execution, and communication of a piece of scientific study. The information and content of projects will vary widely, but skills of work-planning, systematic data collection and original interpretation are common to all. Qualities of self-discipline, scientific rigour and innovative thought are fostered. A variety of professional skills are involved in producing the formal thesis.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:-


The triple module allows the student to demonstrate their worth as a fledgling scientist. Hence the dissertation forms an important part of the assessment of the student; it is commonly looked at by potential employers.


This triple module consists of a piece of independent research work in any area of Environmental Earth Studies, involving field and/or laboratory and/or library study, together with appropriate follow-up work and consolidation, leading to the production of a written dissertation.

A list of suitable projects and their respective supervisors will be posted, normally by the beginning of semester 2 of year 2, but students are not confined to these possibilities. Enterprise and initiative are encouraged, but students should bear in mind that a suitable project:

1. must fall within the Institute's safety guidelines,

2. must be academically suitable, in particular having the potential of allowing a first-class dissertation to be produced from it,

3. must be logistically feasible (e.g. accommodation, transport),

4. must be agreed with a supervisor. If the project involves fieldwork, the supervisor will probably not be able to pay a field visit, and may not know the area closely.

After confirming the choice of project with the supervisor, the student arranges and executes the project, and prepares the dissertation, independently, but under the guidance of the supervisor. The completed dissertation should fall within a standard prescribed length and be submitted before a specified time. Each student also presents a verbal report on their project, to an open
audience which includes their peer students. Normally the presentations are given in early December, with each taking 15 minutes including a 3 minute discussion period.

Reading Lists

As directed by project supervisor.


This module is at CQFW Level 6