RPMG

Research Planning and Management in the GeoSciences
P02394 (20 credits)

SEMESTER 1

Course Organiser

Dr. Marc Metzger
School of GeoSciences, Drummond Street (Tel: 651 4446, Email: Marc.Metzger@ed.ac.uk)

Course Secretary

Lynne McGillivray
School of GeoSciences, Room 341, Grant Institute, King’s Buildings (Tel: 650 5854, Email: pgrsupport@geos.ed.ac.uk)

Course constituents

All new full-time and part-time GeoSciences Physical Science research postgraduate students (PhD, MPhil and MScR) based in Edinburgh will be registered on the course. The course will not normally count towards the taught credits for MScR students taking a dissertation worth less than 180 credits.

Course aims

The aims are for 1st Year GeoSciences Physical Science research postgraduate students to:
• develop transferable research skills;
• support their research in the GeoSciences;
• be flexible, recognising the different research strands within the School;
• provide a basis for interaction between research students across the School and help to create a research postgraduate community.

Assessment

100% continuous assessment comprising a research plan to be submitted via Learn by 12 noon on Wednesday 9th December 2015. The research plan should summarise the student’s research project and should specify supervisory arrangements, aims, time planning for the first year, project resources, data management issues, and a brief literature review. The length of the project plan should be between 3000 and 5000 words. All reviews should be submitted in Learn. Specific instructions will be provided as part of the course.

Given sufficient time supervisor/s should be able to provide feedback on a draft of the research plan prior to submission.

The research plan will not be graded, and feedback should be given by the student’s supervisor/s rather than the course organiser.
Learn

The course materials, feedback questionnaire and assignment submission will be available through the course Learn pages.

PLEASE BRING ALONG A YOUR LAPTOP OR TABLET. IN SOME SESSIONS YOU”LL WANT TO ACCESS THE INTERNET.

See running schedule:    2015-16 Semester 1 Training Schedule – E3 DTP

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