You will identify a project supervisor and discuss your ideas for a research topic, early in the first semester. Once ideas for the project have been formulated, you will commence your project toward the end of semester one and through the rest of the year. write a project proposal early in semester two.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Time management
- Critical analysis of research literature
- Written and oral presentation
- Scientific computing
- 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
- Identity novel research areas
- Analyse and interpret new scientific results
- Critically review the literature in an area of science that is new to you
- Plan and complete a research project within a fixed time period
You will work with your project supervisor to identify and constrain the scope of your research project, which represents the majority element of this programme. In doing so, you will critically review the relevant field and define your project within it. This activity will also contribute to assessments within other modules in the Programme. The research project itself will then star in earnest at the end of Semester 1, typically running 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 NOC 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 that are publishable in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Independent research will be supported by regular (typically weekly) meetings with your supervisor. Tutorials will also be provided, including a session on “Publishing & Paper Writing Skills”, as well as other opportunities for training, such as a scientific computing course, team-building course, seminars/workshops in science communication, professional skills, and opportunities to attend research seminars within NOCS. You will have an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on oral presentation skills by giving a practice seminar on your research 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
Resource requirement will depend on the project..
Blackboard. The course 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.
Repeat type: Internal