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CEG3690 : Earth Science Group Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To give students the opportunity to carry out a substantial, group piece of work which addresses
current and future issues in earth science.
- To obtain a deeper understanding of an earth science topic than made possible by following a taught
programme of study.
- To develop group working skills and produce a group written report.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students will begin by selecting topics and project themes at a sandpit event. Students will then be placed in groups based upon their interests and expertise.
The groups will then work together to develop a project outline document as part of the project planning, and to
maintain a portfolio documenting the implementation of the project and reflecting on your personal
skills development.

The groups will then undertake to complete the research project and produce a group report which will be peer assessed by the group members

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Group Report (4000 words)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Production and management of e-portfolio
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Production and management of e-portfolio
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Peer Assessment on Group Performance
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops18:008:00Sandpit workshops
Guided Independent StudyProject work152:0052:00Research leading to dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Project supervision sessions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The main purpose of the module is for student to experience the group dynamic during the designing, implementation and writing of a high quality multifaceted dissertation report.
Students will be assessed by a group mark for the dissertation, which will be moderated by peer assessment.
Students will also monitor and record their professional development by means of an individually assessed professional portfolio.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M60Group Report (4000 Words)
Portfolio2M10Professional portfolio
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Peer Assessment on group performance (1000 words)
Report1M20PIR (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will learn how to work as a team and therefore the associate skills of leadership, diplomacy and peer support. The performance of the group will be measured by a group mark for the final report which will be moderated by the use of peer assessment such that the students can assess the performance of their peers.
Students practise and develop their discipline related skills and knowledge, and their generic skills, through the medium of an individual research project. They gain the skills and knowledge delivered by the module by “learning through doing” as they undertake the project. Students will receive support from relevant academic supervisors during the project phase of the module.
Their development during the module will be assessed via a professional portfolio in which they will record their development and the skills that they have learnt or improved.

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