|| EAM1120 |
|| ADVANCED RESEARCH SKILLS |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Professor Alex Maltman |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Poul Christoffersen, Dr Richard M Lucas |
| Course delivery
|| Other || 30 Hours Ten x 3 hour classroom sessions, with follow-up project work to total 200 hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Information searching/data handling/computer-based skills: report on an assigned project, indicating sources, and utilizing various methods to manipulate data drawn from a topic relevant to the M.Sc. scheme being pursued.||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| Research design, planning and execution
Critically assess an existing (hypothetical) funding application and prepare a brief funding proposal on an assigned hypothetical project, relevant to the M.Sc. scheme being pursued.
|Semester Assessment|| Communicating Science
Students critically evaluate immediately current media coverage of science topics, analyzing the devices used, and prepare a press release on a selected topic.
|Supplementary Assessment|| Not available (module must be re-taken)|| |
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Seek, locate, abstract, synthesise and handle existing scientific information
2. Manipulate numerical data and apply relevant statistical techniques
3. Operate relevant computer-based methods
4. Critically judge and evaluate previous work; focus on new research that is needed, to meet commercial needs or to set agendas in work; plan and execute new programmes of research and testing
5. Communicate effectively the research and its results, via various relevant media
The content is grouped into the following themes
Information searching, abstracting, indexing and citing
On-line databases (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Geobase, Georef, Web of Knowledge, etc.), on-line catalogues (e.g. COPAC), accessing on-line publications (Science Direct, Ingenta, Wiley Interscience, etc.), abstracting principles, indexing and citation protocols (e.g. Endnote).
Numerical, data handling and statistical skills
Advanced mathematical and statistical techniques, including multivaraint analysis, relevant to working in the physical environment.
Progressing from the above skills: sourcing and manipulation of data from the WWW; access databases; design and construction of presentation packages and WWW pages; simple programming using Visual Basic.
Research and experiment design, planning and execution
The design and conducting of research projects, whether independent or team efforts, in commercial or academic contexts. Includes preparation of funding applications, consideration of research protocols, ethics, and QA aspects.
Experiment design builds on the numerical skills developed in preceding sessions.
Writing technical English, report design and execution, preparation for successful publication, effective oral presentation skills, communication with the public (e.g. media techniques, press releases, interview skills).
Instruction and practice in a range of generic skills appropriate to conducting postgraduate research and professional activities in physical earth and environmental sciences.
** Recommended Text
Peck, J. & Coyle, M. (1999) The Student's Guide to Writing
Coombes, H. (2001) Research using IT
White, S., Evans, P., Mihill, C. & Tysoe (1993) Hitting the Headlines: a practical guide to science in the media.
Wisker, G., (2001) The Postgraduate Research Handbook
Jefferies, J (2001) Beginning statistics.
Johnson, R.J (1980) Multivariate Statistical Analysis in Geography.
Van Emden, J. (2001) Effective communication for Science and Technology.
** Recommended Consultation
This module is at CQFW Level 7