20 Credits ACADEMIC YEAR



Aims/Description: The skills needed to be able to acquire, evaluate, summarise and critically evaluate information are all vital to success in an undergraduate degree programme, and are also key transferable skills. This module will therefore provide training in information and data acquisition relevant to environmental science in the contexts of writing skills and research methodology delivered via lectures tutorials, seminars and a residential field class. Lectures will outline the underlying principles during the start of each semester, beginning with academic writing (semester 1) and then moving on to experimental design and reporting (semester 2). The residential field class will also introduce students to field and laboratory techniques relevant to environmental research in an area where the links between the geology, environmental quality and ecology can be easily explored. Each semester will give you the opportunity to practise your writing skills with the production of an academic essay (semester 1) and an experimental report (semester 2).

Staff Contact: Professor Andy Hodson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Field work

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