BS782-7-FY-CO:
Research Project: MSc Tropical Marine Biology

The details
2019/20
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
60
09 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MSC C16112 Tropical Marine Biology

Module description

Research skills and research methods represent an important element of postgraduate training in Tropical Marine Biology. In addition, students need to acquire training and competence in writing scientific reports and in critical evaluation of data in the light of published information.

Supervisors will assist with finding a suitable research project but the choice of project is the student's responsibility. Before commencement of the research project, students undertake detailed research of the relevant scientific literature and prepare a project proposal (10% of the project mark). For the research project itself, students are provided with appropriate training relevant to their individual project. During the latter stages of the project, students compile a detailed report (in scientific paper format), including a literature review (90% of project mark).

An alternative work-based learning project may also be available. This would include an 8 – 12 week placement. Work-based projects will be shared with students if available. These are not guaranteed and will vary according to the research needs of the placement provider. Students interested in these projects will be need to participate in a selection process.

Students are also able to identify their own work-based projects. These would need to be approved by the academic supervisor and Faculty Placements Team before the placement can start.

Module aims

This module aims to help you understand the research skills and research methods that represent an important element of postgraduate training in Tropical Marine Biology

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module students will need to be able to:

1. demonstrate a theoretical and/or applied knowledge of cutting edge approaches to key aspects of tropical marine biology and ecology (e.g. zoology, primary productivity, mariculture and fisheries, microbiology); and/or of applied marine biology (e.g. management, conservation and biotechnology);
2. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of marine science (irrespective of disciplinary background), and be able to integrate cross-disciplinary analyses of related issues;
3. demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation of relevant literature;
4. have developed a key range of skills including information acquisition from web-based and library sources, self-learning, writing of a literature review.

Module information

As directed by project supervisor.

Learning and teaching methods

20-week research project. Contact with project supervisor; students will work independently with further guidance and assistance as and when required.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   PROJECT REPORT - PLEASE NOTE THIS DEADLINE IS ONLY APPLICABLE FOR BIANCA WRIGHT     10% 
Coursework   Project References and Appendices - PLEASE NOTE THIS DEADLINE IS ONLY APPLICABLE FOR BIANCA WRIGHT    90% 
Coursework   Research Project Choice Form     
Coursework   Project Proposal  01/05/2020   
Coursework   Research Project  16/09/2020   

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Reassessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leanne Hepburn, email: l.hepburn@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Michael Steinke, email: msteinke@essex.ac.uk.
Project supervisors
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create a full email address)

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Reader
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 3 hours, 3 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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