MT4XA-Part 4 Project

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Geoff Wadge


Summary module description:
A major piece of independent study, developing oral, report writing and presentation skills

This module aims to develop the student’s experimental design, project management and research skills from the experience of carrying out a piece of supervised work 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:

• Design a project with a clear scientific objective and testable hypothesis;

• Demonstrate an ability to carry out research on a specialist topic;

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

• Prepare a report in the style of a scientific paper suitable for publication;

• Present results in oral presentations, suitable for a scientific audience.

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their presentation skills and their use of library and IT resources. They will also learn to respond to constructive criticism and peer review

Outline content:
Students will be given a list of supervisors and their research interests during term 9. They must then approach the member of staff with a suggestion of a topic and agree supervision, subject to the Convenors approval. A reading list is issued by the project supervisor before the end of term 9. During term 10, the student reviews relevant literature, submits a research proposal (week 4) and begins the experimental phase of the project. The student gives an oral presentation towards the end of term. During term 11, the student completes the experimental phase of the project and prepares a final report (due week 9 of term 11) and a poster presentation. The poster presentation takes place around week 10 of term 11.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Self-learning supported by regular meetings with the Project Supervisor. The student is also provided with written advice on matters relating to the preparation of scientific papers, oral and poster presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 5 5
Guided independent study 195 195
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 50
Project output other than dissertation 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:


    Requirements for a pass:

    50 % overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submitted Final Report and an Oral Examination.

    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: 31 March 2017

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