ENVR09030 2013 DISSERTATION
This module requires the learner to pursue research on an appropriate topic in environmental science/management, integrate research findings and articulate the key considerations of the specific investigation.
Learners must have achieved merit or greater in the 60 credit Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Protection before progressing to this 30 Credit module.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Identify, conceptualise, formulate and communicate a research proposal for a specific environmental science/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 and conclusions.
Manage a personal learning process, demonstrate monitoring and revision procedures through the development of the dissertation and recognise the information and resource requirements of the study.
Module Assessment Strategies
The final grade will be awarded from two elements; presentations of work progression and the dissertation.
The learner will identify a rsearch question in an appropriate area and put forward a project proposal. The learner will liaise with the assigned supervisor on the finalising the proposal, methodology, research methods and techniques of analysis. With guidance the learner will work independently to complete the dissertation to deadline. Learners are required to deliver presentations on their work-to-date.
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.||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||OnGoing||1,3,6|
|3||Final Dissertation Document||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||70 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
Part Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Research, self study liaison with supervisor||21||Weekly||21.00|
|Seminar||Not Specified||Presentation of project progress||20||UNKNOWN||20.00|
|Directed Learning||Not Specified||Directed Learning||0.67||Weekly||0.67|
Related to Research Topic
EPA Guidelines for Authors, Mayo Editorial. http://www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/research/submission/Style_Guidelines_for_Authors.pdf
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.
Related to Research Topic
Attendance at workshop seminars is required