MT39Z-Undergraduate Short Project

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Bill Collins


Type of module:

Summary module description:
In this module the student is required to research and review an agreed meteorological topic of current interest over a period of 5 weeks. At the end of this period, the student will provide a written report reviewing and summarising research in the chosen field. The student is also required to present a poster summarising the main findings.

This module aims to develop the student’s research skills from the experience of carrying out a supervised literature review on a selected topic relevant to the student’s chosen degree registration.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

• Demonstrate acquisition of expert knowledge relating to a particular scientific issue;

• Prepare a report in the style of a scientific consultancy;

• Present a poster suitable for a scientific audience.


Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their writing and presentation skills and their use of library and IT resources.

Outline content:
In consultation with an academic supervisor, the student will choose a topic to review, and will then carry out a literature review and write a short report of about 2000 words summarising the current state of research in the chosen topic. The report should be in the style of a short scientific consultancy including a one page executive summary At the end of the project the student will also present the findings as a poster presentation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The student is expected to research the material independently using library and internet facilities available on campus, and will meet with the supervisor at least once per week to discuss progress.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 5
Guided independent study 95
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No examination.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmitted report.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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