Your Advanced Independent Research Project is the culmination of your MSci degree. All projects are tailored to the interests of individual students and could involve an external organisation (e.g. industry or research institution) or be hosted by one of the NOCS Research Groups.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Present results through different modes of communication including support and/or defence of them under questioning.
- Plan a scientific project with appropriate allowances for the time necessary to complete each stage.
- Produce a substantial, well organised scientific synthesis featuring the analysis of results gathered during the project.
- Employ an effective information searching strategy to extract information from technical papers to deliver a literature survey focused upon a specific research area.
The project should apply scientific methodology to the investigation and interpretation of scientific data in Ocean and Earth Science by practical, field, data, modelling and/or laboratory-based research programmes. Projects can involve hands-on use of research equipment to conduct a practical, laboratory-based investigation allowing you to test the theories/practices encountered during lectures. Projects may also be designed utilising data and/or material collected during field/boatwork, or by "in silico" modelling of Ocean and Earth systems.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will select an appropriate project during the final term of your third year, preferably by devising a topic in conjunction with your academic project supervisor. Guidance of potential areas and supervisors will be given in preceding modules.
You will be responsible for planning the project based on a structured program determined with supervisory support. You will undertake a library search and review of appropriate literature, then acquire data via the methodology previously determined. You will analyse the data and then write a project report. It is essential that you hold regular meetings with your Project Supervisor (and any external sponsors) to ensure that appropriate research directions are being undertaken and these meetings will provide feedback on progress.
Project work may be undertaken in the Summer between years 3 and 4, particularly if associated with an external sponsor. Past experience has shown that the final year of the MSci degrees is extremely busy. Starting the project during the summer prior to this last year can be a substantial advantage.
The precise way in which a project operates can vary considerably (e.g. it may involve an industrial link or external research institute). You must, however, always maintain close links with your academic project supervisor(s) to ensure appropriate directions are being taken.
A wide range of support will be signposted for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
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This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
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