Module Catalogues

Research Design

Module Title Research Design
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The overall aim of this module is to give a sound foundation in the design of environmental experiments and research approaches so students are adequately equipped to complete individual research projects to the required academic standards in year 4. More specifically, this module aims to:
• Teach students how to plan a scientific research project.
• Provide students with training in research methods relevant to Environmental Sciences
• Develop students' understanding and appreciation of Environmental Science as a contemporary academic discipline
• Develop students' skills of critical analysis of published research
• Develop students’ skills of academic writing (standard paper format and academic referencing).
• Introduce students to writing a literature review and an academic proposal

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of research advances in a range of Environmental Science disciplines
B. Demonstrate a sound practical understanding of the principles of research design in Environmental Science and of the nature and appropriate use of different methodological strategies used in Environmental Science;
C. Identify a research problem or subject, write a proposal and design an appropriate research strategy;
D. Write a literature review in an appropriate style;
E. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific environmental topic through independently carrying out a project;
F. Confidently deliver an oral presentation to a small group;
G. Write scientific articles proficiently

Method of teaching and learning

The module will prepare students so they can carry out individual research projects in Years 3 (as part of this module) and 4 (Final Year Project). The module will be delivered via lectures, workshops and seminars.