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SOES3052 Independent Research Project (Oceanography and Marine Biology) Erasmus and Exchange Students Only

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

All OES students returning from an Erasmus / Exchange stay during the first semester of their 3 year are required to undertake SOES 3052, which is a single-semester double-project module.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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.


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 from a published list of research titles and summaries. 2. You will work in consultation with a project supervisor(s) to develop and execute the research. 3. 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. 4. Progress is monitored by the project supervisor and also through an initial registration report and a progress report reviewed by the relevant course coordinator. 5. 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.

Independent Study300
Total study time300


Assessment Strategy

The research project is expected to occupy one quarter of your working time during the second semester of the third year, something like 6 - 12 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.


MethodPercentage contribution
Final project 80%
Logbook 20%
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