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SOES3035 Oceanography and Marine Biology Research Training

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To provide a portfolio of research and personal skills to effectively tackle level 4 independent research. • To develop skills in scientific data analysis and teamwork through tutor led groupwork based on existing data sets held at the NOCS. • To develop written, oral and visual communication skills to a high level. • To develop report writing skills through individual presentation of the data interpretation in written report. • To develop skills in critical evaluation of scientific literature and project management. • To develop personal effectiveness skills including time management, innovation, assertiveness, negotiation, feedback etc.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work effectively in teams and individually to analyse and interpret new scientific results.
  • Time management
  • Critical analysis of research literature
  • Project management
  • Personal effectiveness and professional skills
  • Assess the wider significance of these results, including any commercial applications and present preliminary results orally.
  • Produce a thorough but concise scientific report describing the background, hypothesis being tested, aims/objectives of study, methodology, results, discussion of results and conclusions made from the data provided.
  • Critically review the literature in a new area of science.
  • Plan, cost and produce a proposal for a research project to be carried out in year 4.
  • Effectively manage time pressures of research, identify the symptoms of stress and have a tested strategy to deal this, negotiate effectively with peers and supervisors, be able to provide constructive feedback to peers and supervisors.
  • Scientific data analysis
  • Scientific report writing
  • Teamwork

Syllabus

Seminars and workshops will be held throughout both semesters to cover material including report writing, time management, project management, presentation skills, hypothesis testing, experimental design, assessment of data quality and advanced statistical methods. Students will develop their writing skills through preparation of a ‘News and Views’ article based on a recent Nature publication. Students will then work in groups of ~6 to analyse existing datasets under the guidance of a tutor. Students will make regular presentations to the group throughout the semester. The results from this work will be presented as a 5000 word individual report. Students will finalise their choice of level 4 project during semester 2 through discussions with prospective supervisors across the NOCS. A fully justified proposal for the project work will be prepared in semester 2.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Tutorial Support: Meetings with team tutor. Project Support: Meetings with level 4 project supervisor in semester 2. Seminars/workshops: will be held in both semesters and will cover relevant material in scientific methods, science communication, time management and other professional skills. Presentations: Students will make regular oral presentations of their work. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Lecture40
Independent Study260
Total study time300

Assessment

Formative

Group presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (10 minutes) 60%
Newspaper article  (1000 words) 20%
Research proposal  (5000 words) 20%
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