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XX30177: Environmental sciences dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Programmes in Natural Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Environmental Sciences Dissertation (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this unit you must take XX30191 and take XX30172 and take CE30145 and take CE40129
Further information on descriptions 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX30177 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.