First year at Bangor University: Module 4

Research Planning and Communication

Course objectives

Overall, this module seeks to develop students’ understanding of the role of science and the scientific process in formulating and addressing context relevant questions, and communicating scientific output to different audiences. During the course of the module, students will devise, conduct and write up a policy-relevant scientific study.

Course content

  • The scientific method and logic
  • Land use policy and the scientific evidence base – A global view
  • [The policy context of forestry and agroforestry in the UK]
  • Writing for different audiences: scientists, practitioners and policy makers
  • Research planning and the research matrix
  • Experimental design
  • How to choose and use statistics
  • Research ethics
  • Risk assessment

Teaching and learning methods

Field/lab practicals 3x5h
Computer practicals 1x5h, 2x3h
Lectures 5x2h
Workshops 2x2h

Competences acquired

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the logic underpinning the scientific method
  2. Demonstrate the skills to devise, plan and conduct an appropriate experiment designed to improve scientific understanding of a policy-relevant aspect of a forestry or agroforestry system
  3. Demonstrate the ability to convey the results of a scientific study to both scientist and non-scientist audiences
  4. Demonstrate a capacity for self-appraisal by analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the project process and outcomes, both in scientific terms and with reference to the individual student’s role within the group