PROJ08019 2019 Environmental Science Research Project Part 2

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Science Research Project Part 2
Transcript Title
Environmental Science Research
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Subject Area
PROJ - Project
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Noel Connaughton, Cian Taylor
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Science in Environmental Science

Students undertake an individual project under staff supervision completing a laboratory/field/desktop study during Semester 1, which is submitted towards the end of Semester 2. The principles and skills of environmental science are applied to conduct a comprehensive environmental investigation or to resolve an environmental problem. Part 2 covers all data analysis and project reporting associated with the research project and is assessed in conjunction with part 1 over the 2 semesters.

Learning Outcomes

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


Manage the organisation of tasks and resources within a set timescale and with the minimum of supervision


 Be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning and be self-aware, open and sensitive to others


Communicate a detailed knowledge of the methods used for acquiring, interpreting and analysing subject-specific information in an understandable format with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts and limitations of their use.


Conduct appropriate documented scientific procedures and approved validation and/or quality assurance procedures to accurately gather, record and process scientific/technical information


Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with chosen area of research.


Demonstrate an ability to exercise independent judgement and to engage in scientific dialogue with peers and technical / professional parties


Employ appropriate data analysing, synthesising and summarising skills in a scientific work setting

Module Assessment Strategies

During the delivery of this module, self-learning is encouraged among students. A framework is established whereby the student presents the significance of the project and the proposed work plan early in the Module. Weekly meeting are encouraged between student and supervisor and weekly reports are required to monitor progress in all aspects of the project. In the second semester a darft literature review is submitted and the student presents preliminary findings and conclusions. This approach enables the student to take timely corrective action, in the event of failure to achieve the required standard, before the results significantly impact on the final grade

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Plan / design and communicate (to an audience of peers and lecturers) a project to investigate some aspects of the environment or to resolve an environmental problem which may be either laboratory or field or desk top based. 

Conduct an appropriate literature review relevant to the proposed environmental investigation / project.

Execution of Project  (a)Prepare analytical reagents, collect representative samples and conduct a range of laboratory analyses in a competent and safe manner, where appropriate (b) Research scientific data and critically interpret the information   (c) Record and collate data and scientific / environmental details of all investigations.

Test hypotheses in a scientific manner

Communicate the findings of research including literature review,  methodology (analytical or otherwise) , results, discussion and evaluation of results, conclusions and recommendations

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation (oral presentation of project background and work plan) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 5 1,2,3,6
2 Continuous Assessment (submission of project plans, draft literature review and weekly reports) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
3 Presentation (oralpresentation of preliminary findings Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 20 3,5,6
4 Written Report Draft submission of final written report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 24 1,2,3,4,5,7
5 Individual Project submission of final thesis Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 70 % Week 25 3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory Laboratory/field/desktop based environmental project 9 Weekly 9.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 9.00 Hours

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