MST8029 : Marine Consultancy Review

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.
Marine Consultancy Project Management
Capacity planning for marine projects.

2. Small and niche consultancy areas.
The use of environmental economics in consultancy.
Social impact assessments for marine use. The use of social network analysis and associated techniques.

3. Contracting consultancies, a user's perspective
Government consultancy contracts; how, when and why to contract out work.
Sub-contracting; building large pan-organisational teams, for very large projects.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Completion of Literature Review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00Background and introduction to the module, principles and practice of marine consultancy
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching58:0040:00Laying the foundations of the consultancy project.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops54:0020:00Seminars given by partners from local/regional consultancies.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00Coastal Futures Conference
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Developing awareness of consultancy landscape and client identification
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. 12 sides of A4
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MFormative assessment of write up
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The consultancy project plan tests your ability to design an investigation for completion within a fixed period of time with limited resources, while proposing a solution to a problem identified by a client (and refined by the academic supervisor). It tests your ability to plan for data collection in the light of knowledge of the subject and the literature. It assesses your ability to prepare a persuasive and technically accomplished plan to meet the needs of your 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: 12 sides A4 including Figs, Tables and References but excluding appendices. 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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