CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Clare Wilson
This is a core 11 SCQF credit module for students on the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Outdoor Education programme. The review essay provides students with the opportunity to explore in detail the published data on a subject chosen from a wide list provided. This module will help prepare students for their dissertation research and write-up. As part of the process of writing the review essay the module uses a ‘buddy’ system for students to help each other improve their essay writing skills and also their ability to provide constructive feedback.
On completion of this module you should have:
The review essay is 3,000 words long (not including figures, tables and references).
This module is student-led. There is one lecture at the beginning of the semester to go through in detail the aims and expectations of the module, students should arrange a meeting with their supervisor to discuss the topic and agree a title, and students have to liaise with one another to provide feedback on essays to their assigned “buddies”. The module outline on WebCT provides details of the milestones and submission dates you must meet in this module.
Review essay (3000 words) 90%
Feedback form 10%
The review essay is expected to represent a substantial piece of work worthy of 11 credits. Whilst the final essay may only be 3000 words, this should represent the cogent distillation of a substantial body of up-to-date research carried out by the student. The work load expectation for an 11 credit module is of more than 120 hours of study.
A list of topics will be circulated at the beginning of semester. Previous topics include: