Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM443 - Research Project and Scientific Article (2020)

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MODULE TITLEResearch Project and Scientific Article CREDIT VALUE90
MODULE CODECSMM443 MODULE CONVENERProf Karen Hudson-Edwards (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 12 12 12
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module will provide students with the opportunity to plan, execute and write up an individual research project in mining environmental management, remediation and mitigation. They will carry out their project under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff with expertise in the chosen research area. The main reporting for the project will consist of a scientific article akin to those in peer-reviewed journals. Training will be provided in essential scientific communication skills. This module runs concurrently with modules of the MSc Mining Environmental Management Programme and is intended for students of this programme.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project that builds on the skills learned in the MSc programme. Students will collect, analyse (using previously acquired data and/or data collected as part of the project), interpret and discuss geological, geochemical, mineralogical, or modeling mining environmental data, and derive conclusions and recommendations. The project must be of research value within an industrial or academic setting. The project must also show and in-depth understanding of the background to the research project. Students will learn the skills of scientific research and communication that will underpin future careers in industry, academia, government or other organisations.

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 Investigate and report on a problem, issue or range of problems related to mining environmental management or related industries, using a range of appropriate tools and techniques;

2 Evaluate the background literature related to the problem in (1);

3 Understand the capabilities of specialist equipment or computer design software relating to the problem in (1);

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4 Evaluate and apply knowledge to specific design tasks;

5 Choose appropriate 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 critical evaluation of a mining environmental management problem and produce, to a strict deadline, a scientific article with a detailed discussion, conclusions and recommendations;

8 Utilise, as appropriate for the problem, a full range of field, laboratory, geochemical and computer resources as an autonomous learner.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- Project content dependent, evaluate and apply knowledge to specific design tasks on chosen topic area. Development of plan to be established between student/company/academic supervisor;

- Prepare research proposal and oral presentation based on research project;

- Preparation of 10,000 word dissertation for scientific article by end-August.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 50.00 Guided Independent Study 850.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 50 Lectures and seminars 
Guided independent study 850 Private study and supervisor-student meetings
  • Scheduled lectures on research skills.
  • Guided independent study: Working in a research or commercial environment. Utilisation and development of knowledge gained from taught modules. Where appropriate, use of specialist equipment and/or computer software. Typical supervisor contact of 1 hr/week.

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Peer and lecturer feedback to immediately address queries and misconceptions During supervisor – student meetings 1-8 Oral

 

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
Field work Report Assignment 10% 2,000 word report 3, 4, 8 Feedback sheet and result
Research Proposal 15% 3,000 word report 1-6 Feedback sheet and result
Oral Presentation 10% Oral PowerPoint presentation 1-8 Feedback sheet and result
Scientific Article 65% 10,000 word scientific article 1-8 Feedback sheet and result

 

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

 

 

 

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:

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

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.

 

Reading list for this module:

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

CREDIT VALUE 90 ECTS VALUE 45
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 03 April 2019 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 December 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mining Environmental Management; Mine Waste; Environmental Geochemistry; Mining Remediation