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|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Assessed Proposal|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||240:00||240:00||Write-up of Paper|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||60:00||60:00||Assessed Paper|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Assessed oral presentation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Assessed Review|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||384:00||384:00||Includes background reading and review of lecture notes for a full understanding of material|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||20||1:00||20:00||Supervision|
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).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research paper||3||M||60||Max 12 sides of A4, including figures and references, excluding appendices and contents page|
|Research proposal||3||M||10||Max 8 sides of A4, including figures excluding forms (COSHH) and budget|
|Report||3||M||20||Reivew - 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 List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk
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