Courses Catalogue

Research Report

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description



This course deals with the application of the design concepts taught in the physics profession. During the first semester, the student is expected to develop a research project proposal and defend it through an oral presentation. The project should normally be completed in the first semester, although in unusual circumstances, it may be finished in the second semester. Students may work in pairs, in close collaboration with a member of staff. By undertaking a project students should develop skills which are necessary for experimental or theoretical research (such as initiative, decision making, determining priorities, searching and learning relevant material from literature, ability to collaborate and to report results).




By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop skills to identify and conceptualise a technical problem in his area of specialty, which can be addressed through scientific means.
  • Determine appropriate tools for data collection and analysis to come up with a scientific solution to a technical problem.
  • Gain proposal writing skills to address challenges in the industry
  • Gain expertise in defending and refining project proposals.




A student completing the course is expected to:

  • Produce a research project proposal that is word processed and in bound form.
  • Present and defend the proposal orally before a panel of examiners.
  • give a short account of their work intelligible to the general reader

§  further develope their general skills such as planning, observation, record keeping, processing and interpreting results, as well as working on open-ended problems

§  have learned the benefits of good time management or conversely the folly of leaving everything to the last minute

§  present their work in a written report in the style of a research thesis,

§  use the appropriate scientific literature databases for the field of their project

§  identify some of the challenges and frustrations of scientific research.