MAR8098 : Dissertation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 40.0


A1. To present an opportunity to undertake advanced research on an appropriate marine related topic working largely alone, and to present in a structured form the results of that reesarch. The research may take the form of a critical review, a computational study, an experimental investigation, or some combination of the two/three.
A2. To acquire knowledge in a specialised topic, possibly outside the scope of the taught modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

The form of supervision will be agreed between module leader, student and identified potential supervisor, but may be in approximately the following form:
• Selection of topic for study
• Writing a study plan
• Literature review of study subject area
• Project initiation
• Project supervision
• Analysis and interpretation of information
• Draft review
• Completion of review
• Draft dissertation
• Completion of dissertation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Including Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1549:00549:00Dissertation (Research)
Guided Independent StudyProject work1240:00240:00Dissertation (write up)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Supervisory meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide students with the acquisition of the fundamental research skills, and the project framework in terms of timetable, milestones and arrangement for supervision (IKO1, ISO1).
The project provides an opportunity to be able to independently formulate, undertake and report on a substantial design of research project (ISO1-ISO8).
The student should select a member of staff as a supervisor for their intended project who will help establish the scope and focus of the project.
The student should formally agree with the selected member of academic staff that they will act as their supervisor. The supervisor needs to sign both the initial project specification and literature review & project plan to confirm that they are willing to so.
The supervisor is also responsible for helping the student with all matters relating to the project and is the primary point of contact for all technical and project management issues.
Students are responsible for maintaining regular contact with their selected supervisors and to maintain a written record of their meetings that is subsequently appended to for the final report.
The project must in all cases be submitted by the stated date.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M7Research proposal and project plan. 2000 words.
Report2M7Literature review - 2000 words
Research paper3M86Maximum of 100 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes described in IKO1 and ISO1-ISO8. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.
Submitting literature review, research proposal and project plan by the end of term 1 is to make sure students will progress well.

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