A research topic will be chosen by you, from a list provided, early in the first semester. Topics will be advertised on the Web before students arrive, and further background given in an introductory session at the start of the year.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Time management
- Scientific computing
- Written and oral presentation
- Critical analysis of research literature
- Research skills.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Produce a thorough but concise scientific report.
- Assess the wider significance of these results, including any commercial applications.
- Analyse and interpret new scientific results.
- Plan and complete a research project within a fixed time period.
- Identity novel research areas.
- Critically review the literature in an area of science that is new to you.
You will write a detailed research proposal, reviewing the field and defining your project within it, for submission at the beginning of February; example proposals in a variety of fields will be available for guidance. The research project will then run from February to September and will be full-time from June to September.
The project will be linked to ongoing research in SOES and/or the NOCS Strategic Research Divisions, and may involve the acquisition of new data, the analysis of existing data in a novel way, or the development and testing of a new method. The project is expected to lead to results which are publishable in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Six tutorials in Semester 1, including a session on Publishing & Paper Writing Skills; Scientific computing course, team-building course, seminars/workshops in science communication, professional skills, and contemporary research topics, and independent research supported by regular (typically weekly) meetings with supervisor. Progress on the project will be reviewed through a seminar given early in the summer.
A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Total study time||1200|
Resources & Reading list
Blackboard. The lecture material is summarised at blackboard.soton.ac.uk. Instructions for accessing this material will be given during the course.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.