Research Project - DI522

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) DR J Bull checkmark-circle


The module is considered as an important element of Wildlife Conservation undergraduate training. The opportunity to engage in personal research is seen as an essential element of academic training in all disciplines. The particular skills necessary to undertake research, whether practical fieldwork or laboratory work or a desk-based study, can only be taught through the medium of practically orientated investigative tasks. The principle objective in the research project is to assist students in gaining insight into the organisation, analysis and communication of research. The approved investigation may be novel i.e. one that has not previously been carried out, or it may repeat previously executed work for comparative or control purposes.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Contact hours 24


Only available to students registered for Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Studies

Method of assessment

100% coursework
Full draft report (10%)
Oral presentation (10%)
Project (80%)

Indicative reading

Pechenik, J. & Lamb, B. "How to Write About Biology", Harper Collins, 1994
Robson, C., 2007, "How To Do A Research Project", Blackwell, Oxford.
Newing, H., 2011, "Conducting Research in Conservation: Social Science Methods and Practice", Routledge, London.
Fowler, J. & Cohen, L., "Practical Statistics for Field Biology" (2nd Edn.)
Previous Years BSc Biodiversity Practical DICE Research Reports
Robson, R. 1994. Real World Research. Blackwell: Oxford.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 design and carry out a piece of research related to conservation and the environment, identify and use theories and concepts to analyse environmental issues

8.2 analyse results and place them in the context of the existing literature, and to present and write up the findings

8.3 gain the ability to identify a research question and to collect and manipulate data to answer that question


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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