BIOL40780 Designing Global Change Research Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will prepare students for real-work activities during their internship/work placement in research institutions and also for their research project (thesis). Students will be equipped with all the tools necessary to review literature efficiently with critical thinking and to design and produce a robust research proposal that will include a rationale (literature review), management timeline and will be underpinned by sound theoretical and methodological research design. This will be delivered in workshops and seminars that will be student-led, requiring active participation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

After completion of this module, students will
• Have enhanced critical reading and thinking
• Be able to use literature databases and write a publishable scientific literature review
• Know the structure of theses and scientific papers; communication writing styles and understanding of the peer review process
• Know how to present scientific results at international conferences in the form of poster and oral presentations
• Understand the various research approaches and methods that include quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, as well as social/spatial research (grounded theory)
• Have learned how to keep systematic records and time-management of the whole research process

Indicative Module Content:

Scientific literature review using literature databases
Methods to present scientific results (oral and written presentations)
Writing a scientific research proposal

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is very interactive and delivered in workshops and seminars that will be student-led, requiring active participation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Scientific literature review Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: Oral presentation together with a poster Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 Mon 15:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Mon 16:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6, 7 Mon 16:00 - 17:50