MST3204 : Advanced Research Skills (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Advanced Research Skills

Outline Of Syllabus

For their overseas field course:
Eight day residential field course involving a range of laboratory, shore based and on-board vessel tasks. The exact location of the course may vary from year to year. Students will be assessed on their ability to work in teams and independently on tasks. Lectures, discussion seminars and workshops will provide grounding in the ecology of the region, and provide opportunities for building team skills. Tutorials back in the UK will provide opportunities for reflection on learning outcomes, data analysis training and report writing briefing.

Skills development workshops:
To support them in their research project modules, students will undertake training via a series of lectures and workshops on research-focussed analytical skills such multivariate statistics, GIS and molecular data/bioinformatics.

Research Vessel Practicals
To extend experience of working offshore on a coastal research vessel students will undertake a further one day practical exercise on-board the University research vessel Princess Royal. Activities will be streamed by degree programme with C161 Marine Biology students undertaking fisheries-based exercise and C350 Marine Zoology students undertaking a marine mammal observation and monitoring exercise.

Seminar Series:
Invited speakers from the UK and overseas, will share their research experiences, and illuminate global marine science issues. Students will be encouraged to use these seminars as a starting point for extended reading on current topical areas of global marine science research.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Workshop report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Workshop report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Workshop report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00Field course report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical18:008:00Research Vessel Practical Day
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Field course data clinics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Handling molecular data
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00ArcGIS workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Multivariate statistics workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00External guest seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork190:0090:00Overseas field course
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will present background to new analysis techniques to be demonstrated and practiced in workshops and also to inform students of the format of their field courses and final field course project report.

The workshops will introduce students to more advanced analysis techniques and software such as PRIMER, ArcGIS BLAST and CLUSTAL to provide them with training in using these tools, which may be appropriate for them to apply to their overseas and independent research project data.

Research Vessel practical sessions are designed to cover more advanced subject-specific applied knowledge and survey techniques and will build upon practical skills developed at Levels 4 and 5.

The overseas residential field course provides training in and experience of field work, other biogeographic regions and research project skills. Clinics will be held following the overseas field courses to inform students of the format of their project report, and provide one-to-one support with data analysis and report writing.

The seminar series and extended reading encourages the students to consider the integration of their study and to draw on a range of information sources.

Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare for their formative and summative assessments. They will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained throughout their degree programmes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M503000 word overseas field course project report
Portfolio1M5Field Course Notebook Assessment of engagement with field course activities and site visits
Report1M15Statistical analysis Report 1000 word equivalent report/worksheet
Report2M15GIS – Spatial Data Report 1000 word equivalent report/worksheet
Report2M15Molecular Data Report 1000 word equivalent report/worksheet
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed overseas field course report will be in the form of a manuscript, which will examine the student’s ability to design, execute and write-up components of a research study, including presentation and interpretation of appropriate statistical techniques and discussion of the key findings using the primary literature.

The field course notebook allows the students to demonstrate their engagement and organisational skills. The three workshop reports will assess ability and understanding in applying specific forms of analysis and competency in the use of specific software tools.

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