Module Details

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Title Dissertation - Environmental Sciences
Code ENVS490
Coordinator Dr FLE Marret-Davies
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 60


To develop the ability to undertake an individual research project building on the knowledge and skills acquired elsewhere in the programme.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) In a format suitable for their programme and discipline area, students will demonstrate the ability to execute an individual research project building on the design developed in ENVS484

(LO2) students will be able to select appropriate research strategies and undertake appropriate methods of data collection and analysis

(LO3) students willbe able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguements and relate research findings to relevant applied issues

(LO4) students will be able to write up the results of the research project and interpret the findings in light of the broader knowledge base and literature

(LO5) students will be able to use bibliographies, referencing and citations in the appropriate and correct manner to support their academic work undertaken

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Organisational skills



An introductory lecture is given by the module coordinator in Semester two as part of ENVS484.
Regular meetings with supervisor (weekly or bi-weekly dependent on work schedule) should be arranged by the student.
Monthly informal presentation of preliminary results to research group where applicable.
Compilation of evidence for research portfolio including keeping a contemporaneous record of work undertaken, ideas and notes from discussions with colleagues and supervisor; a summary of discussion during meetings with supervisor should be appended to the dissertation in a format of a table.

Complete research dissertation in a style agreed with project supervisor. Such style can be consultancy report, journal article, scientific report or classic dissertation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Introductory lecture (as part of ENVS484). This lecture introduces the dissertation process, timeframe for completion of the research and writing, how to find a supervisor, how to choose a topic of research, where to find appropriate academic sources.
Teaching Method 2 - Supervision
Description: the type of work undertaken is dependent on the dissertation topic, this may include, field, lab, computer or archival research.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 1


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 589


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
Dissertation There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. It is double-marked (supervisor and another staff) Assessment S    100       

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