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Research Methods For Environmental Scientists DUMF2024

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course introduces students to a range of research approaches and techniques used within the environmental sciences. The course will equip students with the tools to conduct research at level three and four of the BSc Environmental Stewardship degree.


1-hour lecture and 2+ hour practical session weekly.

Requirements of Entry

Students must have obtained a Grade D or better in any Level 1 Environmental Stewardship course.


Research proposal (40%)

Project (30%)

Data analysis (30%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods used within the environmental sciences. Theory will be mixed with empirical application in the field or laboratory settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of different approaches to answering research questions.

■ Conduct statistical analysis on data.

■ Undertake a project and use different methods to generate data.

■ Formulate a research proposal.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.