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BIOL3061 Field Research Project

Module Overview

Each student undertakes an investigation which includes both practical and theoretical components. The theory component will consist of a critical review of the literature relating to the proposed experimental component of the project. The fieldwork is related to the appropriate degree programme. Each student is assigned to an appropriate supervisor who will advise on and direct the project and the preparation of a written report. The aim of this module is to allow students to carry out an extensive field-based project on a special topic related to his/her main area of study, and to complete a literature survey on a topic related to this area of research.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to allow students to carry out an extensive laboratory-based project on a special topic related to his/her main area of study, and to complete a literature survey on a topic related to this area of research.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce a dissertation on an agreed field-based project, which contains an introduction on the background scientific literature
  • Design and test scientific hypotheses
  • Design and perform fieldwork in a chosen area of research
  • Collect record and interpret data derived from fieldwork
  • Present findings to a panel

Syllabus

Each student undertakes an investigation which includes both practical and theoretical components. The theory component will consist of a critical review of the literature relating to the proposed experimental component of the project. The fieldwork is related to the appropriate degree programme. Each student is assigned to an appropriate supervisor who will advise on and direct the project and the preparation of a written report.

Special Features

• Design, conduct and write-up a research project under supervision. • Place the background to your project and its results into the context of the wider scientific literature. • Present a coherent written and oral description of your project in your own words and style. • Synthesise information from several different sources. • Use data and other information properly to support your arguments.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practical work and individual study

TypeHours
Independent Study200
Fieldwork100
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Written project reports and a short presentation before a panel. The report comprises a scientific report on the fieldwork and an introduction setting the work in the wider scientific context and a lay summary.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  ( words) 100%
Resubmit assessments 100%
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