General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
30 - 30 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Margaret Savage, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_M09 201300 Master of Science in Environmental Protection

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

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

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. 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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg 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
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 20.67 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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.

Other Resources

Related to Research Topic

Additional Information

Attendance at workshop seminars is required