Full Title EHS Dissertation

Short Title EHS Dissertation

Code ENVR09034
Level 09
Credit 30

Author Tonry, Steve
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Environmental Science
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description

This module requires the learner to pursue research on an appropriate topic in occupational safety and health and/or environmental management, integrate research findings and articulate the key considerations of the specific investigation. The module provides information on research methods with presentations on the following areas:

  • Defining the research question;
  • Sections/chapters of the dissertation;
  • Literature review and library resources;
  • Research methodologies; and
  • Data interpretation and analysis.

Indicative Syllabus

This module is undertaken by learners over 2 academic semesters in Year 2 of the programme, with Semester 2 of Year 2 being devoted solely to the Dissertation.

At the end of Year 1 students complete a Dissertation 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.

At the start of Year 2, a research methods workshop is provided, 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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 EHS field.

 

 


Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Identify, conceptualise, formulate and communicate a research proposal for a specific occupational safety and health and/or environmental management topic.

  2. Complete a programme of work requiring sustained effort with the objective of developing critical abilities in analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

  3. Identify the objectives of the study, formulate an appropriate methodology and review the literature relevant to the study.

  4. Identify and utilise scientific research methods appropriate to the dissertation.

  5. Collect, collate and analyse relevant data, using statistical tests as appropriate.

  6. Evaluate and synthesise the main findings of the study and develop appropriate recommendations.

  7. Synthesise the research work in the form of a research proposal, presentations, abstract/executive summary and minor dissertation.

  8. 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.


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.
  • 3 presentations.
  • Final dissertation document.

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
Co Requisite Modules
Incompatible Modules

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Research Methods MCQ 1,3,8 5 Week 2
Presentation 1 - Dissertation proposal 1,3 5 Week 3
Presentation 2 - Methodology 3,4 5 Week 16
Presentation 3 - Results 5,6 5 Week 23
Supervisor Assessment 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 10 OnGoing
Final Dissertation Document 2,3,4,5,6,7 70 End of Year


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Workshop Not Specified Research Methods 0.25 Weekly 0.25
Directed Learning Not Specified Project Supervision 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Dissertation Research 18.75 Weekly 18.75

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 1.25 Hours

Resources
Book Resources

Other Resources

N/A

Url Resources

http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/abouteparesearch/submission/Style_Guidelines_for_Authors%20.pdf

Additional Info

ISBN BookList

Book Cover Book Details
Matthews, Janice R. (2000) Successful scientific writing : a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Murray, Neil (2008) Writing up your university assignments and research projects : a practical handbook. Milton Keynes : Open University Press.
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Riley, Michael (2006) Researching and writing dissertations in business and management.1st ed. London. Thomson Learning.
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Rudestam K. E., & Newton R. R. (2001) Surviving your Dissertation - A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process 2nd Edition Sage Publications Inc., New York
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Swetnam, Derek. (2000) Writing your dissertation : how to plan, prepare and present successful work. 3rd ed. Oxford : How to Books.
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