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NES2200 : Dissertation and Research Preparation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Adamson
  • Lecturer: Dr Beth Clark, Dr Hannah Davis, Dr Mark Ireland
  • Other Staff: Professor Guy Garrod, Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Dr Ankush Prashar
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To build on academic and professional skills learned in Stage 1. Particularly to prepare students for their research projects in terms of experimental design, statistical analysis and presentation and project planning.

Outline Of Syllabus

Quantitative research: sampling and experimental design
Summary statistics, comparing categorical data, T tests ANOVA, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, Chisquared
Links between continuous data: univariate regression, correlation, interaction
Project planning and management
Research and writing skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Online lecture material via Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:0040:00Assessment preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical18:008:00PiP Computer practical
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading81:008:00Reading around and consolidation of notes
Guided Independent StudySkills practice210:0020:00Skills practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PiP online tutorials / seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Synchronous online drop in sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching will be via NSO online material, lectures and practicals, with in person computer practical drop-ins. for stats.
Dissertation MLs will work with students on project proposals, and I will support this further with a seminar and drop in.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100analysis and presentation of data - 2000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Report2MStudents will work with a potential supervisor or on their own to produce a project proposal. This will also benefit their project presentations in stage 3
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Report 1 addresses KO1 K02 and SO1
Report 2 addresses K03, SO2

Reading Lists