The module represents an opportunity for students to consolidate and demonstrate their geological knowledge after three years of study.
It is an independent research project that will deliver training in project execution and presentation at a high-level that will equip students for post-University life.
There is flexibility in the choice of projects. These depending in part on the student's background and particular areas of interest.
Projects will build on, but not duplicate, general skills developed as part of Field Mapping Project or Environmental Field Project. Training will be given in any specialised techniques necessary to complete the project.
Supervisors will have ideas and lists of suitable projects but there is scope, and encouragement, for students to develop their own projects based on internships and their own contacts from industry.
All projects involve components of design, planning, data collection, interpretation and presentation. This may involve fieldwork, laboratory studies, library research, industrial placement, or a combination of these elements.
The ultimate goal is to produce publication-quality research and conference-quality oral presentations.
- Lectures: 4 hrs
- Presentations: each student will give a 20 minute presentation on their project as part of an afternoon research symposium
- One-to-one supervision: This will depend on supervisor and project. All projects are different
The assessment is by an oral presentation of 20 minutes that is communicated to the year group and markers. This is marked on the presentation skills and structure. This represents 10% of the module.
The Remaining 90% is assessed by a 13,000 word report that is formatted and structured like an academic paper.
Since each project is varied and different, the student will acquire technical skills in data analysis and presentation relevant to the field of study.