ENVR08011 2013 Project

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Steve Tonry, Margaret Savage

The module allows the student an opportunity to concentrate on a specific environmental management matter and to apply concepts, theories and research techniques to a relevant selected topic of interest. The project can be practical or theoretical. The aim is to round the educational experience by requiring the student to compile a critical review of the literature on their selected area of study and to apply practical research skills to the process, as well as to engage in reflective and critical analysis of the data. It should communicate the advanced standard of knowledge in the environmental management field and normally deal with potential problems in, for example, the workplace, community, voluntary sector.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Communicate a research proposal for a specific environmental management /resource management topic


Complete a programme of work requiring sustained effort with the objective of developing critical abilities in analysis, synthesis and evaluation


Identify the objectives of the study, formulate an appropriate methodology and review the literature relevant to the study


Collect, collate and analyse relevant data


Evaluate and synthesise the main findings of the study and develop appropriate recommendations


Demonstrate an awareness of the relevance and potential of the study (for example to society, business and the environment)


Manage a personal learning process, demonstrate monitoring and revision procedures throughout the development of the project and recognise the information and resource requirements of the study

Module Assessment Strategies

The final grade will be awarded from three elements 1 continuous assessment, 2 the presentation and 3 the written project report.

Indicative Syllabus

At the beginning of the research process supervisors will build upon the work undertaken previously by discussing the research proposal or proposed project, methodology, research methods and framework and techniques of analysis with the student. 

Each student will maintain a Progress Log to record meetings, agreed tasks and a plan of work to ensure the research is achieved.  The learners complete the Project Log as they carry out their projects. Presentation forms part of the Learning and Teaching.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Ongoing discussion with assigned supervisor Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Continuous Assessment of the work produced during the project period (15%) and of the learners planning, progress and personal reflection (15%) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
3 Presentation for a non-specialist audience using media appropriate to the type of project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
4 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Project 14 Weekly 14.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Matthews, Janice R. (2000) Successful scientific writing : a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Murray, Neil (2008) Writing up your university assignments and research projects : a practical handbook. Milton Keynes : Open University Press,.

Riley, Michael (2006) Researching and writing dissertations in business and management. 1st ed. London. Thomson Learning, ,

Rudestam K. E., & Newton R. R. (2001) Surviving your Dissertation - A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process 2nd Edition, Sage Publications Inc., New York

Swetnam, Derek. (2000) Writing your dissertation : how to plan, prepare and present successful work. 3rd ed. Oxford : How to Books.

Other Resources

EPA. Guidelines for Authors. Mayo Editorial. http://www.epa.ie/downloads/forms/research/submission/Style_Guidelines_for_Authors.pdf accesses 18/2/12

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