Conservation Research Methods
Research and Communication Skills 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
The scientific method and logic; the research matrix; introduction to the research process; experimental and study design; collection, entering and analysis of data in small scale projects; consideration of different kinds of research suitable for MSc dissertations; dissertation planning; specific techniques used in research; assessment of ethics and risk in research; dissemination of research findings; writing for different audiences; the why and how of fieldwork; training in R, ArcGIS, Excel, Netlogo & environmental evidence.
-threshold -Grades C- to C+:A sufficient level of involvement in some aspects of the experimental process. Scientific report covers the fundamentals of the experiment, but is based mainly on material provided during the module, showing little evidence of supplementary reading or original information and lacking critical analysis. Best practice note written in an inaccessible style or format AND contains superfluous detail. Policy briefing document omits certain relevant detail AND contains superfluous detail. A demonstration of some self-reflection into EITHER the scientific process OR the project topic OR the individual’s role within the group. -good -Grades B- to B+:A reasonable level of involvement in many aspects of the experimental process. Scientific report reasonably well developed, showing good understanding and knowledge of the chosen topic. Evidence of supplementary reading, original information and some critical thought. Best practice note written in an inaccessible style or format OR contains superfluous detail. Policy briefing document omits certain relevant detail OR contains superfluous detail. A demonstration of a fair degree of self-reflection into two of EITHER the scientific process OR the project topic OR the individual’s role within the group. -excellent -Grades A- to A**:A full involvement in all aspects of the experimental process. Scientific report very well developed, showing excellent understanding and depth of knowledge of the chosen topic. Evidence of substantial supplementary reading, sound collection and use of original information, and much critical thought. Best practice note written in an easily accessible style or format with contains no superfluous detail. Policy briefing document effective in conveying all relevant information with no superfluous detail. A full and insightful demonstration of reflection into the scientific process, the project topic and of the individual’s role in the group.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the logic underpinning the scientific method
- Demonstrate the ability to convey the results of a scientific study to both scientist and non-scientist audiences
- Demonstrate the practical and theoretical skills to devise, plan, conduct and analyse experiments or a natural resource management study for various purposes.