ENVR08011 2019 Project
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.
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
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material.
Module Assessment Strategies
This module is assessed by 100% Continuous Assessment. The assessments will consist of the following:
One MCQ covering the directed reading material on completing a dissertation, as well as the content of presentations provided on research methods - 5%
3 presentations - 15%
Progress log & Supervisor Assessment - 20%
Final dissertation document - 60%
In the event that the overall mark for the Project is less than 40%, then the learner must undertake one or more failed elements to achieve a pass mark of 40%.
At the start of the Project, students complete a Project proposal form, as they are encouraged to undertake research on a topic of interest to them (or their employer). A supervisor is then assigned to ensure that the research proposal is appropriate (and to advise the student to amend as necessary), and then to guide the student throughout the entire research process.
A research methods workshop is provided at the start of the Project, with presentations in the following key areas:
- Defining the research question;
- Sections/chapters of the dissertation;
- Literature review and library resources;
- Research methodologies; and
- Data interpretation and analysis.
Students will make three presentations during the year:
- The first presentation will focus on explaining the rationale for undertaking the project, identifying the problem to be solved or question to be answered (following direction from the assigned supervisor to ensure it is viable and achievable) and a detailed proposal on how the project will proceed. Relevant Literature should be reviewed by this stage.
- The second presentation will focus on the most relevant issues arising from the review of all of the relevant literature, an analysis of the issues that will be addressed by the data collection phase of the project and the methods to be used (methodology) to collect the new data required.
- The third presentation will focus on the appropriateness of the final methodology, presenting the resulting preliminary findings (results) of the study and putting this preliminary information into context with the existing literature. Feedback from this presentation will aid the student in formulating the Discussion and Conclusion/Recommendations Chapters.
The learners are required to demonstrate their ability in research, designing and executing experiments/ numerical analysis/ analytical analysis, concept development and reporting.In undertaking this module learners will develop the skills required to manage and organise a major project. They will appraise and assess existing theories and present the findings and conclusions of their work in a formal report. The report will include a literature review on the current state of the art in the project area. Each project will usually have a strong central core: laboratory testing, numerical modelling or analysis of field data or a combination of these methods as deemed appropriate.
The student will identify a potential peer‑review conference/journal paper for the research work and indicate how this work may contribute to furthering knowledge in the specific field.
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.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|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 (10%) and of the learners planning, progress and personal reflection (10%)||Continuous Assessment||Performance Evaluation||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|3||3 Presentations using media appropriate to the type of project||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||15 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|4||Project||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||60 %||End of Year||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|5||Research Methods MCQ||Continuous Assessment||Multiple Choice||5 %||Week 2|
Online Learning Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Research||13||Weekly||13.00|
|Directed Learning||Not Specified||Project Supervision||0.75||Weekly||0.75|
|Workshop||Not Specified||Research Methods||0.25||Weekly||0.25|
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