The MEnv dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth individual research project in an area of interest within their specialist stream. It will enable them to develop a suite of independent study skills. Following on from the Advanced Literature Review in year 3, the students will construct and follow a research plan that enables them to undertake a novel piece of research over the course of year 4. They will then present this research in the form of a research paper in summer week 5.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of a specific research topic
Critically evaluate research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches
Collect and analyse data
Manage their time
Engage confidently in academic and professional communication (both orally and written) with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently
Identify continuing profession al study needs, adapt and develop new skills for new situations, network with others and manage their own learning
Formulate a suitable research question and be able to identify appropriate methods for addressing the question with minimum guidance
Present data clearly in figures, diagrams and tables
Utilise information technology and bibliographic search techniques appropriately to create and/or present data and analysis clearly
Integrate source material and evidence coherently into their writing and reference it accurately
Engage in appropriate writing processes, such as planning, drafting and proof-reading to produce a polished piece of writing
% of module mark
Essay/coursework MEnv Dissertation
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You may find the following textbooks and papers helpful:
Bryman, A (2012) Social Research Methods. Oxford.
Champ, P.A., Boyle, K.J. & Brown, T.C. (Eds.) 'A primer on nonmarket valuation', Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.
Chapter 3 describes sound methods for designing a survey for data collection.
Field, A & Hole, G. (2003) 'How to design and report experiments', Sage publications, London.
Excellent, lucid explanation of how to design experiments, analyse data and then write up a report.
Field, A (2005) 'Discovering Statistics: using SPSS for Windows', Sage publications, London.
Clear, explicit descriptions of how to perform data analysis in SPSS.
Punch, K (2005) Introduction to social research. SAGE, London.
Verzani, J. (2005) 'Using R for Introductory Statistics', Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Clear, explicit descriptions of how to perform data analysis in R.
White P.C.L., Vaughan Jennings N., Renwick A.R. & Barker N.H.L. (2005) 'Questionnaires in ecology: a review of past use and recommendations for best practice' Journal of Applied Ecology, 42, 421 - 430. 'Best practice' methods for survey design and data collection.