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Postgraduate Course: Project Design and Literature Analysis MSc (PGGE11259)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPreparation for the MSc dissertation, including a literature review.
Course description This course will allow students to reflect on a subject area of their choice, become familiar with the important and current literature on the subject, and design a research project on the topic of their choice. Students will be introduced to on-line researching of the scientific literature and the skills required to identify potential areas for research. Students will use these skills to formulate their dissertation research projects. Students will present their research project proposals to each other (and other members of the School), as well as write a detailed project proposal, in the form of a dissertation proposal that will form the basis of the MSc dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
1. Literature Review (30%)
2. Proposal Presentation (20%)
3. Research Project Proposal (50%)

Literature Review: On the subject of the geothermal potential of the UK, containing a reference list of approximately 30 to 40 recent publications. Maximum 6 x A4-pages of text (including references, but excluding figures and tables).
Project Proposal and Presentation:
The project proposal will describe the background to the student's dissertation project and how this work will be performed (scientific methodology). Students will be given guidance on how to plan their individual research projects, structure their proposals and will present their research plans (including research background and available scientific literature) to each other and their supervisors at a planned event. This will provide students with an opportunity to critically assess each other's research topics, as well as gain some appreciation for the breadth of scientific research conducted in the Earth Sciences. Maximum 6 x A4-sides of text (including references, figures and tables).

An assessment will be made of a draft of the introduction of the project proposal. The entire project proposal will not be reviewed, as this is a large part of the course assessment.

Feedback The timetabled teaching time for S1 is very interactive (i.e. not formal lectures) and has a high degree of feedback inherent in the deliverability as group discussions and workshops.

The timetabled contact time in S2 is largely for 1:1 and/or small-group feedback on dissertation project ideas, design and writing; again, feedback is inherently built-in to such a delivery style.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Design a research project with testable hypotheses and achievable goals
  2. Interrogate and critically assess existing scientific literature
  3. Design a research project and formulate a proposal
  4. Students will have a detailed, thorough and up to date understanding of geothermal energy resources, particularily as applied to the UK
Reading List
Students are expected to read widely on their selected topic area. Additional generic instruction in how to conduct research or write proposals etc. will be provided throughout the semester.
The reading list depends upon the project that the students choose for their project proposal, and the subject of the literature review (which may not be the same).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Understanding the scientific literature
Harvesting information from the scientific literature
Synthesising into a readable and knowledgeable whole
Preparing a readable and concise summary of a longer document (abstract)
Proposal formulation and writing
KeywordsProject Design,literature,synthesis
Course organiserDr Mark Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5943
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Will
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624
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