MST8005 : Research in Coastal Management

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Nick Polunin
  • Owning School: Marine Sciences & Technology


Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0


To develop whichever skills and areas of knowledge gained from previous taught course work are considered appropriate for the agreed research proposal, and prepare for more effective participation in professional programmes involving original investigation.

A well-tried and successful framework within which students gain unique experience of research practice in the context of coastal management with an emphasis on the tropics.

Outline Of Syllabus

The form of supervisions will be determined by student and supervisor, but may be in approximately the following form:
Focusing of topic of study; Writing a proposal; Literature review of selected subject; Project initiation; Project supervision; Analysis and interpretation of information; Draft review; Completion of review; Draft paper; Completion of paper.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessed oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessed Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessed Proposal
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1240:00240:00Write-up of Paper
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Assessed Paper
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1384:00384:00Includes background reading and review of lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery201:0020:00Supervision

Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module offers an extended introduction to the discourses, contexts, methodologies and approaches involved in coastal management work (IKO1-2). Practical computing and/or fieldwork will be involved, depending on project selection. Each student is allocated an appropriate supervisor early in the year and individual supervision is needed to oversee and guide the work, analysis of data and writing up results (ISO1-3).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners


Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation203A10N/A

Other Assessment

Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper3M60Max 12 sides of A4, including figures and references, excluding appendices and contents page
Research proposal3M10Max 8 sides of A4, including figures excluding forms (COSHH) and budget
Report3M20Reivew - Max 12 sides of A4, including figures and references, excluding appendices and contents page

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Ability to devise an original study will be assessed by means of the project proposal, where the scientific rationale, budget, statutory provisions, logistics and other requirements will be specifically evaluated and commented on.
Experience of gathering, synthesising and focusing existing information as a basis for original work and reporting will be offered by means of the project Review, where aspects of structure, subject coverage, presentation, analytical and communication skills will be assessed on feedback.
Capacity to conduct original work and report on it in a professional manner will be assessed through the project Notebook, Paper and project oral presentation. The Paper will be assessed with respect to aspects of structure, focus and clarity, subject coverage, challenge, statistical analysis and presentation, so that students will have had substantial opportunities to develop their investigative and reporting skills by the end of the module. The project oral presentation will be assessed based on structural and presentational skills. Formative assessment will be available at two stages during write-up. Electronic document submission will permit plagiarism assessment.

The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

Reading Lists


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