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CSMM439 - Research Project (2019)

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MODULE TITLEResearch Project CREDIT VALUE75
MODULE CODECSMM439 MODULE CONVENERProf Stephen Hesselbo (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 12 12 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 40
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module content is based on the chosen area of independent research. The project topic can be on any aspect of the syllabus relating to the chosen MGeol Programme of study.

AIMS - intentions of the module

To undertake an independent research project associated with any aspect of geology.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. use a range of academic and practical skills to research an area in the geological area;
2. show experience of working in a commercial and/or research environment;
3. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the capabilities of specialist equipment or computer design software.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

4. evaluate and apply knowledge to specific design tasks;
5. choose an appropriate experimental design from critical evaluation of available data;
6. undertake synthesis of information and create responses in terms of advanced knowledge.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7. exhibit personal data-handling skills through a critical evaluation of data, to a strict deadline;
8. utilise a full range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner.
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

The project area is first defined with the assistance of the module leader in conjunction with an agreed academic supervisor. A plan of work is agreed with the supervisor and regular meetings are scheduled to assist the student achieve his/her aims.

A thesis is produced of 15,000-20,000 words for submission at the end of term 2.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 0.00 Guided Independent Study 600.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Guided Independent Study 600 Working in a research environment Utilisation and development of knowledge gained from taught modules. Where appropiate, use of specialist equipment and/or computer software.
     
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade

Not Applicable

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Dissertaton 80 15,000 - 20,000 word equivalent 1-8 Comments on specific assessmet forms
Seminar 10 15-minute presentation to small group 1-8 Comments on specific assessmet forms
Draft  project report 10 15,000 - 20,000 word equivalent 1-8 Comments on specific assessmet forms
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Summative assessment Additional summative assessment 1-8 Recommended at the exam board
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above: 1 piece of Coursework (final report) 80%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

A handbook for general guidance on the research project will be made available on ELE. Books / journals and/or other published and unpublished reports required in the execution of the project will vary with the nature and topic of the research.  

ELE:

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/   

Web based and Electronic Resources:

multiple and specific to individual projects

Other Resources:

multiple and specific to individual projects

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 75 ECTS VALUE 30
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 21 August 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 16 October 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Research project; key words relevant to project topic area