BS832-6-FY-CO:
Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences

The details
2019/20
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
45
03 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
BS257
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Key module for

BSC C100 Biological Sciences,
BSC C101 Biological Sciences (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C102 Biological Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BSC CD00 Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C164 Marine Biology,
BSC CC60 Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CC64 Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MMB C160 Marine Biology

Module description

The final year research project is an opportunity for you to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation. You will use the skills developed in the course to identify, with your supervisor, a suitable question and then design an experimental approach to obtain data addressing this question. Your analysis and presentation of these data in a suitable scientific paper format report forms the main assessed component of this module. The second major component involves researching, understanding and writing critically about the scientific literature relating to your project work.

Module aims

The aim of this module is for you to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes: To pass this module students will need to be able to: 1. Update CV, write a job application cover letter, and perform in a mock interview scenario. 2. Develop a project plan, including the experimental, analytical and statistical methods to be used. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the health and safety and ethical issues related to scientific research and undertake appropriate risk- and required ethics-assessments. 4. Maintain an accurate and up to date record of project work and data collection. 5. Demonstrate responsibility for personal time management and for any necessary amendments to the project plan and reflect on progress and outcome of the project. 6. Use a search engine (e.g. Web of Knowledge) to research the scientific literature relating to their research project area and present this information as an extended introduction to their project report. 7. Carry out a research project and obtain sufficient data of good quality using appropriate experimental, analytical and statistical methods. 8. Analyse and interpret scientific data. 9. Communicate the outcomes of research effectively in a written report in scientific paper format. 10. Describe and critically evaluate data from research articles. 11. Refer appropriately to published work and be competent in the use of bibliographic software (e.g. EndNote). 12. Communicate effectively by an oral presentation of project work. 13. Address scientific questions on the background, methods, data and future direction from expert assessors. Employability and transferable skills: Specific employability and transferrable skills are highly dependent on the nature of the chosen project.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Attendance at BS832 Research Project Seminars (x4) Contact with project supervisor; students will work independently with further guidance and assistance as and when required Presentation opportunity with formative feedback provided

Bibliography

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 Project Plan 01/11/2019 20%
Coursework Employability skills 08/11/2019 5%
Coursework BS832 - RESEARCH PROJECT DRAFT RESULTS 5%
Coursework Project Report 60%
Coursework BS832 Project References and Appendices
Coursework Project Progress Monitoring Forms
Practical Practical Skills 10%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
All academic staff supervising BS832 Research Projects as allocated by the School
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
No
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Travel costs for approved work placements and live projects for this module may be covered wholly or partly at the discretion of the department. Please check with your module supervisor for details.

External examiner

Prof Anne Borland
Newcastle University
Professor
Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Reader
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 52 hours, 31 (59.6%) hours available to students:
21 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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