Award: 15 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 20/01/2014 (Semester 2/3)

ENVB40330 Practicum (Desk Study)


This module is for MSc students in semester 2 or 3 of the MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course. Those students intending to build towards a Masters Degree (90 credits) must take either ENVB40330 Practicum (Desk Study) or ENVB40340 Practicum (Research; lab/field). However, this module (ENVB40330 Practicum - Desk Study) is not available to students registered as Certificate, Diploma or Module to Masters.

What will I study?

The objective is to give students a rigorous training in information research, analysis and report writing. The exercise will be totally desk-based and will involve a substantial literature review and generally data or information analysis (depending on the subject area). Students are required to spend approximately 300-350 hours on this module.

How will I study?

The desk study will be agreed with the module coordinator and another academic for some topics. It will be undertaken off-campus with regular communication with coordinator/supervisor.

Expected Commitment

Students are required to spend approximately 300-350 hours on this module.

How will I be assessed?

Thesis Report 100%

On successful completion of this module I will

On completion of the desk study students will be able to carry out a comprehensive review of scientific literature, source relevant data, undertake data analyses and write a scientific report.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise, there are no pre-requisites for this module. Students are advised to take a module in data analyses before commencing their research project. Those students intending to build towards a Masters Degree (90 credits) must take either ENVB40330 Practicum (Desk Study) or ENVB40340 Practicum (Research).