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CEG3699 : BSc Earth Science Research Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To give students the opportunity to carry out a substantial, individual 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 independent study skills and prepare an extended individual piece of work.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project might involve the student working within one of the School's established research groups, or
elsewhere in collaboration with another industrial or academic partner. The student will be supervised, throughout their project, by an experienced scientist or engineer. The supervisor will provide advice on the approaches and methods that are best suited to the research problem and
The student will be required to complete a project outline document as part of the project planning, and to
maintain a portfolio documenting the implementation of the project and reflecting on personal
skills development. The will be required to present the results of your studies to a generalist
audience through an oral presentation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:0020 minute Oral presentation (including preparation)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Production and management of project inception report (PIR) (approx. 2000 words)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Production and management of e-portfolio
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1182:00182:00Includes background reading and reading notes for a full understanding of material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops18:008:00Sandpit workshops
Guided Independent StudyProject work155:0055:00Research leading to dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision151:0015:00Project supervision sessions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will investigate a specific issue in earth science and through laboratory and field analysis produce a dissertation that allows them to pursue their own ideas and to gain a deeper understanding of the subject.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination152M10Dissertation final presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M60Dissertation (max 75 pages)
Report1M20Project Inception Report (2000 words approx.)
Portfolio2M10e-portfolio Personal development report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist and generic skills, and the knowledge and understanding practised and developed during this module are assessed primarily through examination of a written dissertation. Complementary skills in project planning and self-assessment, and in communication skills, are practised and assessed through the oral presentation and PIR. Students will produce a professional portfolio detailing the key skills that they have learnt during the project.

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