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Units for Programmes in Natural Sciences 2011/12

XX30177: Environmental sciences dissertation

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Click here for further information Period: Academic Year
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: While taking this unit you must take XX30191 and take XX30172 and take CE30145 and take CE40129
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To develop skills in planning, undertaking, and evaluating a literature survey in environmental sciences at the level of advanced research.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the students should be able to plan and undertake literature research at an advanced level, critically interpret the results, and coherently report the outcome.

Learning & studying, written communication, numeracy & computation, data acquisition, handling & analysis, information technology, problem solving, information handling & retrieval, working independently.

All stages are undertaken under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The planning stage involves defining the problem, formulating hypotheses, devising an appropriate strategy to test them within constraints of time and resources, and locating sources of reliable information. The investigation stage involves the acquisition and evaluation of information. The analysis and interpretation stage involves the assessment of how the information gathered relates to the original problem, and may sometimes make use of appropriate statistical techniques. It will always evaluate results in relation to published work. The social and policy implications of the research should also be considered. The final phase is to communicate the outcome of the project in the form of a correctly formatted written report.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

XX30177 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Industrial Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.