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MST8029 : Marine Consultancy Review

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Clare Fitzsimmons
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To give students from a range of academic backgrounds a common level of knowledge and understanding of the variety of marine consultancy businesses currently operating; by providing experience of the marine consultancy environment, and its business principles and practices.

To prepare students for more effective competition within professional consultancy environments involving project design, real-life case studies from business and the delivery of an assessed consultancy review paper.

A unique intensive consultancy module offering students the opportunity to learn from in-depth case studies of real consultancy projects in the marine environment.
Students will produce a consultancy based review, in response to a clear industrial need, articulated by partner organisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of the marine consultancy market; marine consultancy niches, competitiveness and market shares and size. Political and social influences on the industry.

1.Large scale consultancies, with marine capability. Invitations to tender and large scale bid preparation.

2.Small and niche consultancy areas. e.g. environmental economics, social impact assessment.

3.Contracting consultancies, a user's perspective Government consultancy contracts; how to bid for government work.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Completion of Assessed Proposal
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Online non-synchronous Introduction lectures and discussions via Canvas
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching54:0020:00Synchronous online - Working on project literature review - group and ML support
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Synchronous online - Clients present project ideas to students - Enrichment weeks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00PiP at outstation - Coastal Futures Conference
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery52:0010:00Synchronous online - Student organised with module leader to support development of review topics
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:0070:00Developing awareness of consultancy landscape and client identification
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision52:0010:00Student organised with module leader to support development of review topics - online synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous online Introductory lectures and discussions
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MST8028Marine Consultancy Project Planning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Taught sessions offer an extended introduction to the discourses, methodologies and approaches involved in marine consultancy work (IKO1-4). A series of seminars is used to acquaint students with the module, introduce them to detailed consultancy project case studies, and introduce them to project partners.

Lectures and seminars deliver generic skills in project planning and review writing, and initiate project planning. Further tutorials are used to help develop project plans and planning (ISO1-5).
Each student is allocated appropriate supervisor(s) early in the second semester and a number of tutorials are needed to oversee and guide the review.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Literature Review - max. 3500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MFormative assessment of write up
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The consultancy project review tests your ability to prepare a persuasive and technically accomplished review of the literature to meet the needs of a client. The review tests your ability to critically appraise the literature, checking the quality of the information and drawing relevant conclusions. Summative and formative feedback are provided.

Selection of an appropriate topic will demonstrate both understanding of the environmental consultancy business (Key Skill 3) and the ability to apply general principles to a chosen specific consultancy situation (ISO 4).

In order to complete the review paper, students must demonstrate key skills in the synthesis and presentation of information (ISO 1). It will also enhance their ability to produce professional quality reports suitable for consultancies (ISO 2), while ensuring that the ability to disseminate key information of relevance to consultancy is developed (ISO 2).

The assessment requires in depth understanding of the environmental consultancy business (Key Skill 3).

The assessment will demonstrate increased professional capacity to conduct a relevant original subject review, to meet the needs of the consultancy sector (ISO 5).
*Review limit: 3500 words, not including Figs, Tables and References. Minimum 11 pt text, 1.5 cm margins all round and 1.5 line space.

Formative assessment will be available at two stages during write-up.

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