CEG8690 : MEarthSci Earth Science Research Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To enable students to put their specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice through
the medium of a significant individual research project and written dissertation.
This module represents the major individual research project that students must complete as part of
their degree.

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 completion1010:00100:0020 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 completion1190:00190:00Dissertation practical work
Guided Independent StudyProject work1265:00265:00Research leading to dissertation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1190:00190:00Includes background reading and reading notes for a full understanding of material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision151:0015:00Project supervision sessions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students practise and develop their discipline related skills and knowledge, and their generic skills, through the medium of an individual research project. They gain the skills and knowledge delivered by the module by “learning through doing” as they undertake the project. They are, in addition, supported by one or more academic supervisors who can advise on methodologies and interpretations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M10Dissertation final presentation (15 minutes)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M60Dissertation (max 75 pages)
Report1M20PIR Project Inception Report (2000 words approx.)
Report2M10E-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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