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MST3206 : Research Project Overseas (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

The module provides students with the opportunity to practice their use of the scientific method by formulating hypotheses and testing them. To encourage students to consolidate their organisational skills by giving them the responsibility for designing and running their own project through the preparation of an initial project proposal, carrying out laboratory, field or desk-based investigations and writing up their findings as a substantive report. To apply and consolidate skills learnt in a number of other modules, in particular the procedures for developing and recording research in Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences, Research and Employability Skills and Marine Practical Skills 1 and 2.

Students have the opportunity to develop their research skills in a research project that focuses on a particular aspect of Marine Science research that interests them. Students elect to undertake this project under the supervision of a member of academic staff. They have the opportunity to take responsibility for their own project and further develop their organisational and scientific writing skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Working independently the students will revise their project proposal, which will include the background to the research, methodology and approach, a GANTT chart to demonstrate the proposed programme of research and risk assessments (in discussion with their Supervisor). They will research the scientific literature relevant to their chosen subject area and will prepare an extended critical essay. They will identify or develop appropriate methodology and identify suitable statistical analyses to be used in their research project study. They will undertake independent research, in partnership with an external organisation, to test their hypotheses and record all their work in a Research Project notebook. They will produce a full write-up of their project using the form of a scientific paper. They will prepare and deliver an oral presentation on their research project as part of a ‘Scientific Conference’.

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 completion12:002:00Formative Conference abstract completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Research Project notebook completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Research Project Report preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture28:0016:00Two day scientific conference
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Critical Essay preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Introduction to the module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Scientific Conference presentation preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:0015:00Research project clinics
Guided Independent StudyProject work1165:00165:00Research Project data collection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00External guest seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision120:306:00Supervisor meetings
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce the module, inform students of the format of their final project report and scientific conference presentation.

Research Project work will be supported by the drop-in clinics where students can receive additional advice and guidance on any aspect of their Research Project work.

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.

Allowing students to conduct a field, laboratory or desk-based research project in partnership with an external organisation will further increase their organisational, time management and planning skills through conducting an independent scientific investigation. It will give students the opportunity to put into practice skills developed at Levels 4 and 5 in relation to planning and costing an investigation; devising a suitable methodology and approach; collecting, analysing and interpreting data and presenting their work in a concise format. The practical and tutorial sessions in Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences and the lectures and computer-based practical classes in Research and Employability Skills that students will have all received prior to undertaking this module will have provided them with a thorough theoretical and classroom-based preparation for independent field, laboratory or desk-based study. The research project will also enable students to develop further the sampling methodologies learned in Marine Practical Skills 1 and 2.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M10Scientific Conference presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1M505,000 word Research Project report
Essay2M405,000 word Critical Essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Portfolio1MResearch Project notebook
Written exercise2M200 word Scientific Conference abstract
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Research Project notebook allows the students to demonstrate their organisational skills.
The final Research Project report is presented in the form of a scientific paper which allows the student to demonstrate their scientific writing and critical thinking skills.
The oral presentation allows the student to show that they can communicate effectively by summarising an in-depth investigation.
The critical essay allows the student to demonstrate their ability to research and synthesise information from the published scientific literature.

Reading Lists

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