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Postgraduate Course: Applied Carbon Methods (PGGE11209)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course has been created specifically for the MSc in Carbon Management, reflecting the cross-disciplinary nature of the programme and the wide range of research projects may be undertaken. This is an applied course, with the focus centred on research methods, techniques and design applicable to Carbon Management, providing research skills useful for both dissertations and future careers in the areas of carbon and climate change.
Course description To Follow.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two Assessments:

1. Carbon Audit Report - 60% of course mark.

2. Research Proposal - 40% of course mark.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify potential research topics and define relevant research questions,
  2. Critically evaluate literature in a given field,
  3. Design a research project appropriate for identified topic and questions
  4. Prepare a written research proposal for that project, and
  5. Present findings of research in a target-audience appropriate manner
Reading List
Prior the start of the course, students are expected to have read:

The Craft of Research. Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams, 3rd Edition, 2008. This is one of the most comprehensive and accessible books addressing how to undertake academic research. It is aimed at all researchers and addresses many of the topics in this course. Written as a general 'how to' guide in setting and writing up research rather than a traditional textbook format.

How to Think About Statistics. John L. Phillips, 6th Edition, 1999. A very accessible text that provides the foundations for the main concepts of statistical analysis and how statistics can be used to provide to support for arguments.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Edward R. Tufte, 2nd Edition, 2001. A picture can be worth a thousand words, if presented well. This book illustrates best practice in graphically presenting data.

Other texts
Details of other recommended readings may be provided on the course website from time to time.
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Course organiserMr Stephen Porter
Tel: (0131 6)51 4545
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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