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This subject is part of a sequence of four (A to D) taken in successive semesters that together constitute the 125-point research project offered through the MSc Ecosystem Science. This project provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct independent research in one or more disciplines within the broad field of ecosystem science. Students will also develop skills in critically evaluating new knowledge within one or more scientific paradigms. Specific research projects will depend upon the availability of appropriate expertise, but may address questions in conservation biology, ecology, ecophysiology, environmental psychology, environmental and landscape management, forest science, genetics, horticulture, hydrology and/or soil science. Students will take responsibility for their own research project, including the design and management of field and/or laboratory experiments, where appropriate; collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and communication of research findings through oral and written presentations.
The project will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of semester of entry (semesters 1 or 2) and continue for up to 88 weeks until the end of the fourth semester, minus recreation leave of between 4 and 8 weeks (22 weeks per semester over the four semesters).
For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student’s supervisor.
The Research Project will be due for submission by the end of the formal examination period of the fourth semester of enrolment if an earlier date is not specified.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- review and critically assess the scientific literature;
- plan an independent research project;
- formulate and evaluate hypotheses;
- design and conduct laboratory, field and/or social studies as appropriate to the field(s) of the research project;
- analyse and interpret data;
- clearly communicate scientific results in written and oral presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
- The ability to manage time and projects
- The ability to think independently and exercise high-level problem solving skills;
- The ability to exercise critical judgement and operate in both a team environment and/or with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
- The ability to interact in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research environment
Last updated: 2 December 2019