Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Seminar

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION The candidate will work on a particular topic assigned by the department during the summer preceding the final year and will be supervised by one of more members of the academic staff. The project may consist of a literature review or a small data analysis project. A list of topics is prepared for the purpose every year. The candidate will be required to prepare and deliver a presentation and then to submit a written paper on the work done.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:

- train the candidate to carry out a critical and thorough literature review of their chosen topic, and become familiar with current trends and developments in the area;
- deepen the candidate's scientific knowledge and understanding of the topic;
- encourage the candidate to work independently;
- provide training and some experience to improve presentation skills;
- train the candidate in scientific writing style through the preparation of a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- appreciate the importance of critical reviews in scientific research;
- assimilate and understand the background science relevant to the assigned project.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- carry out a critical literature review;
- use the available search facilities to find and retrieve documents on a specific subject;
- provide a written summary of a literature review, making use of standard referencing techniques;
- use a literature review to place into context the relevance of a research question or problem;
- use appropriate methods, where relevant, to analyse data and interpret the results;
- use appropriate statistics where relevant to quantify the significance of the results obtained;
- write a well-structured and well presented dissertation, including the application of proper referencing and avoidance of plagiarism;
- communicate clearly the scientific results obtained in both an oral and written form to a targeted audience;
- defend the work carried out during an oral interview.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Guidelines are provided on the departmental website.
Other texts depend on the project topic.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM2 No 20%
Research Paper SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Sebastiano D'Amico
Alan Deidun
Pierre Sandre Farrugia
Pauline Galea
Aaron Micallef

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