Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Execute an independent piece of scientific research with appropriate allowances for the time necessary to complete each stage.
- Discuss the nature and conclusions of the project through reasonable interpretation of your data.
- Produce a scientific synthesis, interpretation and analysis of primary data gathered during execution.
- Communicate a substantial well-organised and scientific written report featuring a literature review within a specific research area.
- Design a field-, laboratory- or data-based research project, including literature research, data analysis and interpretation through operation of sophisticated laboratory and oceanographic equipment where appropriate.
The Independent Research Project, or Dissertation, forms an extremely important part of the overall degree. This module represents an extended opportunity to develop independent real-world and applied research skills, in design, execution, analysis and synthesis of experiments and data sets. Students have the freedom to choose a project in a field of particular interest and can develop completely novel proposal in consultation with an appropriate supervisor.
The output from this module, the report, is often used as an important guide by employers when considering the background and experience of recent graduates. To this end, the double module requires a sustained effort.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
1.You will identify a project of interest together with a potential supervisor.
2.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.
3.Progress is monitored by the project supervisor and also through the logbook progress check at the start of Semester 2.
4.A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Total study time||300|
The research project is expected to occupy half of your working time during the
second semester of the third year, something like 12 - 24 hours per week. You are strongly
advised to schedule this into your weekly timetable. It is not formally timetabled, personal
time management is an essential skill for research work.
Final project report (80%): This report will provide a clear record of your data collection, analysis and interpretation. The discussion section will provide the readers with a clear idea of where the work sits in relation to the published literature. The skills you have learnt writing reports and essays throughout your University career will be used and developed to achieve this.
Logbook: The logbook is handed in for marking midway through the Semester to ensure timely feedback. A logbook is a diary of the plans and progress made during your project and documents ALL project activity, aims/plans for your work, progress made and results obtained.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.