Professional Skills in Tropical Marine Biology

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2017
Wednesday 03 October 2018
26 March 2013


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C16112 Tropical Marine Biology,
MMB C160 Marine Biology

Module description

Transferrable professional skills are the most valuable assets of your postgraduate education. The ability to critically analyse, integrate and communicate in a multidisciplinary research environment provides the foundation for your successful career in environmental sciences. In the future funding landscape it will be important that you are able to work inter-disciplinarily across natural and social sciences and the ability to explain your science to policy makers and funding agencies holds the key to a successful career as a future researcher.
The aim of this module is to equip you with an array of professional skills from utilising modern learning environments to the confident application of statistical methods for handling, analysing and interpreting large datasets. Students will build a portfolio of professional skills that assist with finding employment along various career paths after postgraduate education. A combination of seminars and workshops is provided to include CV and application clinics, facilitate expedition planning, introduce health-and safety aspects of practical work, and increase numeracy skills.

Learning Outcomes
To pass this module students will need to be able to:
Evaluate the issues involved in designing and executing a research programme, within the specific context of field-based, laboratory-based and desk-based research.
Formulate appropriate research questions, and test scientific and statistical hypotheses.
Design an appropriate experiment programme to test hypotheses including assessing the appropriate statistical power.
Demonstrate understanding of the specialised techniques and approaches involved in collecting, analysing and communicating research findings.
Articulate and communicate research findings in various formats to varying audiences.
Evaluate weaknesses in research skills and data analysis of relevant literature and scientific papers.
Take a critical approach to personal development planning for their career in the context of the graduate labour market.
Recognise personal and professional skills that will enhance employability, and research opportunities for skills development available to them during their university career.
Demonstrate competence in job application skills, including CV and cover letter writing and the interview process.

Module aims

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Module learning outcomes

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Module information

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Learning and teaching methods

40 hours of seminars, workshops, lectures and external training


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Scientific Writing: Essay - Test Submission 10/10/2017
Coursework Statistics Worksheet 23/11/2017 25%
Coursework Application Portfolio 07/12/2017 25%
Coursework Research Proposal 22/02/2018 25%
Coursework Vodcast 01/05/2018 25%

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tom Cameron (TC), Dr Alex Dumbrell (AJD), Dr Etienne Low-Decarie (ELD), Prof. David Smith (DJS), Dr Michael Steinke (MS) and Occasional Teaching Staff
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add to create a full email address)



External examiner

Prof Charles Sheppard
The University of Warwick
Available via Moodle
Of 71 hours, 42 (59.2%) hours available to students:
29 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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