Research Project - DI522

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR MJ Struebig

Pre-requisites

Only available to students registered for Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Studies

Restrictions

Only available to Stage 3 students registered for the Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Studies programmes

2017-18

Overview

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.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

5 hours' class contact, giving practical guidance on the different stages of the project process
4 hours supervision
Attendance at DICE symposium (approx. 15 hours)
Total: 24 hours

Availability

Only available to students registered for Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Studies

Method of assessment

Current assessment 100% coursework, consisting of the following:
1. Oral presentation of project (10%)
2. First draft of research report (10%)
3. Final research report (80%)

Preliminary 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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students will learn to design and carry out a piece of research related to conservation and the environment, to analyse the results and place them in the context of the existing literature, and to present and write up the findings (subject-specific PLOs: WILDCON BSc C3 (Research design, statistics); ENVSTUD BA B2 (Research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect and manipulate data to answer that question); C1 (Identify and use theories and concepts to analyse environmental issues), C3 (Undertake an investigation of an empirical issue, either on their own or with other students).

Develop research questions.
Design individual project and methodologies.
Write a research report.
Give an oral presentation of research.
Carry out field research
Data processing and analysis.

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