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SOES3027 Independent Research Project (Geology)

Module Overview

The topics offered introduce theoretical and methodological approaches to the investigation and interpretation of geological, or geophysical or oceanographic or marine biological research by practical and/or laboratory-based programmes. They commonly involve the hands-on use of School equipment to conduct a practical field or laboratory-based investigation of a geological, or geophysical or oceanographic or marine biological topic, allowing you to test the theories/practices encountered during lectures.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To complete the core Earth science fieldwork program via a one-week residential field course Focusing on mapping skills (Geology Combined Honours students only). To develop skills in design and execution of an independent research project. To develop skills in project management. To provide training in report writing. To develop time management.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Map effectively in an area of considerable structural complexity (Geology Combined Honours students only).
  • Plan and execute an independent piece of scientific research with appropriate allowances for the time necessary to complete each stage
  • Undertake a literature review focused within a specific research area.
  • Produce a scientific synthesis, interpretation and analysis of primary data gathered during execution
  • Produce a substantial well organised and written scientific report.
  • Discuss the nature and conclusions of the project.

Syllabus

The topics offered introduce theoretical and methodological approaches to the investigation and interpretation of geological, or geophysical or oceanographic or marine biological research by practical and/or laboratory-based programmes. They commonly involve the hands-on use of School equipment to conduct a practical field or laboratory-based investigation of a geological, or geophysical or oceanographic or marine biological topic, allowing you to test the theories/practices encountered during lectures.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Advanced Mapping Training course: (Geology Combined Honours students only) • Teaching and learning field skills by means of field exercises in an area of considerable structural complexity. • Field mapping in an area of considerable structural complexity. • Assessment and feedback in the field. • Completion of all tasks by the end of the course. • Course supported by postgraduate students and staff with opportunity for one-to-one interaction in field. Independent Project: • You will identify a project of interest together with a potential supervisor from a published list of research titles and summaries. • You will work in consultation with a project supervisor(s) to develop and execute the research. • Initial planning, and the development of the project occurs through regular meetings with the supervisor who also offers suitable advice on library search and review of appropriate literature, data analysis, interpretation and presentation. • Progress is monitored by the project supervisor and also through an initial registration report and a progress report reviewed by the relevant course coordinator. • Preparation of a project report. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs. Resources and reading list Much of the lecture material is summarised at blackboard.soton.ac.uk. Instructions for accessing this material will be given during the course.

TypeHours
Independent Study198
Lecture102
Total study time300

Assessment

Formative

Individual Oral Presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Final Report 85%
Interim Report 5%
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