ENVR08037 2020 Project 1

General Details

Full Title
Project 1
Transcript Title
Project 1
Code
ENVR08037
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Suresh Pillai, Cian Taylor
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology
Description

This module is designed to develop process, presentation and project management skills to prepare learners to complete their research projects. The module explores literature gathering and sourcing, assessing information, scientific report writing, research project planning and management. Together with their research project it provides students with a taster for scientific research and develops a more in depth understanding of how science works (the scientific method) and how information is gathered and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific research process

2.

Source primary literature on an assigned topic in environmental science

3.

Demonstrate the ability to assess and critically evaluate various literature sources and conduct a literature review in the area of the research topic

4.

Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies

5.

Prepare the objectives of the study and formulate an appropriate methodology

6.

Develop a coherent research proposal for the project

7.

Demonstrate awareness of data analysis approaches which are applicable to the project

8.

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

This module is 100% continuous assessment.

The final grade will be awarded from the following elements: 

1. Weekly reports/meetings with supervisor, overall application and initiative.

2. Project oral/poster presentations. This will facilitate development of the student's ability to communicate scientific or technical information.

3. Project Literature Review

4. Written Project Proposal

Indicative Syllabus

Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific research process

Formulating research questions/ hypothesis, research ethics and plagiarism, the peer review process

Source primary literature on an assigned topic in environmental science.

Application of databases such as Web of Science and Science Direct
Introduction to other relevant primary sources of literature

Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies

Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies will be introduced

Demonstrate the ability to assess and critically evaluate various literature sources and conduct a literature review in the area of the research topic

Research report writing
Research proposals

Prepare the objectives of the study and formulate an appropriate methodology

Sampling schemes and experimental design

Develop a coherent research proposal for the project

Students will communicate the research proposal by Oral/Poster Presentation 
Effective research communication

Demonstrate awareness of data analysis approaches which are applicable to the project

Applicable data analysis methods will be introduced

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

Design a project plan indicating tasks and milestones and present as a Gantt chart for the study
Students will maintain a weekly report with details of work completed and future plans on same

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Literature Review / Short Essay Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Week 6 1,2,3,4
2 Presentations Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 8 1,2,3,5
3 Written Research Proposal Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 11 5,6,7
4 Ongoing Discussions with Project Supervisor Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % OnGoing 8

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lectures on key research methods topics 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Combination of short presentation, group participation and exercises on research topics 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory IT for research methods 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 11.5 Weekly 11.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2008 Student Projects in Environmental Science Wiley
ISBN 047084566X ISBN-13 9780470845660
Recommended Reading
2014 Practical Research Pearson College Division
ISBN 013374132X ISBN-13 9780133741322
Recommended Reading
2019 Understanding Research Methods: An overview of the essentials Routledge
ISBN 1884585833 ISBN-13 9781884585838

Module Resources

URL Resources

http://libguides.itsligo.ie/az.php

 

Other Resources

Additional resources will be made available on IT Sligo learn online system (Moodle). Will contain pdfs of PowerPoint lectures and links to additional reading material for selected topics.