Module Details

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Title Research and Career Skills
Code ENVS204
Coordinator Dr RM Jeffreys
Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 5 FHEQ Whole Session 15


This module develops students' understanding and appreciation of Marine Biology and/or Ocean and Climate Sciences as contemporary academic disciplines. This module will develop students' subject-specific research and employability skills through the following specific aims:

Develop students' skills in critical thinking and writing in order to prepare them for subsequent years of study.

Develop capacity to conduct independent research projects, through training in research methods, data analysis, report writing and transferable skills.

Develop students' awareness of careers and employability, enabling them to plan for future careers and enhance employability.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Build knowledge of the fields of marine biology, ocean and climate sciences

(LO2) Develop experience in analysing scientific data, creating professional quality display items and writing a report in a scientific format and style

(LO3) Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate scientific literature

(LO4) Develop and improve personal employability skills

(LO5) Enhance ability to write reports and essays in a technical scientific style

(LO6) Develop and improve collaborative working skills

(LO7) Develop and enhance presentational skills



Semester One
Students will write an essay and receive guidance on this through lectures (asynchronous) and tutorials (synchronous). Students will be directed to relevant reading materials through the VLE. They will then begin to analyse an example scientific data set and will be supported through workshops and tutorials (synchronous). Throughout the semester, students are required to complete the 'homework' tasks assessed before tutorials and these are indicated in the schedule. There will also be reminders on the VLE.

Lectures/Workshops include topics such as:
Evaluating and critiquing the scientific literature
Use of bibliographic software
Overview of different types of research project
Introduction to the research project
Framing your research question

Semester Two
Students will continue to work on their research project from S1 and receive guidance on the research project through lectures (asynchronous), workshops (synchronous ) and tutorials (synchronous). There will be support for this research project available on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Students will also have lectures (asynchronous) and workshops (synchronous) related to careers and employability and are expected to participate in the SOES careers week. Students will participate in an employability exercise and will interact directly with a potential employer as part of this challenge.

Marine Biology students will also prepare for their international overseas study visit due to take place between Y2 and Y3. Ocean, and Climate Science students will explore summer internship and work placement opportunities.

Lectures/Workshops include topics such as:
Data analysis
How to write a scientific report
Peer Review
Exploring the marine science industry
Importance of networking and social media profiles
Interacting with potential employers
Pitching with confidence and digital storytelling
Showcasing you r skillset

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module uses a blended approach towards teaching and learning, split between in person workshops and tutorials and directed online learning via the VLE. Students will be taught by academics and staff from the careers and employability team. This ensures that students will meet the intended learning outcomes and develop their research and employability skill set.

The main forms of teaching delivery used in this module are tutorials and workshops. Workshops will encourage active learning with students participating in activities e.g. data analysis, peer review, searching the literature and using bibliographic software. Students will also take part in peer-review discussions guided by academics, which will form part of the formative feedback. Tutorials will provide instruction and support from tutors in small groups. There will also be a 1-1 meeting with their tutor during each semester. The VLE will be used to deliver short asynchronous lectures during the year, e.g. how to write a research report. Students can ask any questions about these lectures using discussion boards or in workshops and tutorials. Students will be directed to the material on the VLE week by week.

Students will employ a variety of learning strategies through this module. Students will have the opportunity to learn collaboratively during the workshops, specifically in the peer review workshops and during the employability assessment. In addition to attending in person workshops and tutorials, students will be expected to spend a significant proportion of their study time in self-directed learning, using the materials delivered through the teaching and recommended reading found on readinglists@Liverpool. Through the course of the year students should be carrying out enquiry based learning whilst conducting research for their reports and essays. Students have the opportunity to engage with a potential employer as part of the employability assessment. Additionally, students will ha ve the opportunity to participate in SOES careers week, and research careers of previous graduates using networking software.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   20




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 106


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay This is not an anonymous assessment as it will be marked by your tutor. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission.    30       
Employability Assessment Team presentation/pitch to potential employer, careers and employability services and academics This is not an anonymous assessment as it an in person group presentation. T    30       
Report on Research Project This is not an anonymous assessment as it will be marked by your tutor. There is a resit opportunity Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission.    40       

Recommended Texts

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