Independent Research Exercise

Description

The Independent Research Exercise (IRE) provides an opportunity for students to undertake an independent investigation of a topic of their choice, which is relevant to Environmental Science and must address an original research question.

The IRE may involve the collection of original data through field and/or laboratory research, or may apply novel analyses to secondary data.

The results of the student’s IRE are presented in a 10,000 word written IRE report, which should include:

  • The aims and objectives of the research
  • The relevance of the research question
  • The methodology to be applied to the acquisition and analysis of primary and secondary data including the availability and sustainability of any secondary data sources
  • Results of the data collection and subsequent data analyses
  • Discussion of the results and findings
  • Conclusions in the context of the project aims and objectives

Delivery

The majority of the module involves independent work by the student, guided by meetings with their supervisor.

Timetabled sessions comprise 1 hour introductory lecture, and 3x2 hour optional workshops.

Dissertation tutorials (number determined by supervisor and students)Dissertation office hours/additional meetings at supervisees’ request

Assessment

  • One 10,000-word Independent Research Exercise report (100%)

Key skills

  • Data collection and data analysis skills
  • Critical review and evaluation of previous research
  • Presentation of research results in report format