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Current Research & Communication in Marine Conservation - ENV00082M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Bryce Beukers-Stewart
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research and issues in marine conservation and exploring how best to communicate such findings to a variety of audiences.

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Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research and issues in marine conservation. Through discussion in small groups, students will be able to develop their existing knowledge in relation to emerging research areas, critically appraise current research via debate and discussion and relate research to its scientific, political, economic and societal context. This module also aims to enhance communication and leadership skills as different students will chair the session each week. There will also be a focus on communicating marine conservation research and issues to a wider audience through the preparation of a press release, popular article and mock media interviews. Students will also visit a marine aquarium to view and discuss first-hand how marine conservation issues are presented to the general public.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of emerging research and issues in the field of marine conservation.
  • Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and be able to communicate the outcome effectively.
  • Synthesise information in a manner that utilises knowledge or processes from the forefront of the discipline/practice.
  • Apply knowledge of concepts to the critical evaluation of research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches.
  • Engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently.
  • Present written and visual work and oral discourse in a concise, accurate and engaging manner, clearly communicating the results of their research findings and conservation issues appropriately to a given audience.

Generic/employability skills:

  • Improved understanding of current research in marine conservation
  • Ability to critically appraise research
  • Ability to lead/chair group discussions
  • Ability to prepare press releases conveying key research findings to the media and general public
  • Ability to prepare popular articles suitable for communicating conservation messages to a general audience

Module content



Task Length % of module mark
Popular article
N/A 70
Press release
N/A 30

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information



Task Length % of module mark
Essay: 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback will be provided on the summative press release and popular article. General feedback on the module will be provided via the VLE. There will be dedicated feedback session on an initial formative press release.

Turnaround time on assessed material – 4 weeks.

Indicative reading


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