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Appendix 7: Dissertation; approval Form



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Appendix 7: Dissertation; approval Form


Dissertation Approval Form

Brunel University

Institute for the Environment
Student name: _______________________________________________________________

Student number: _____________________________________________________________

Programme: ________________________________________________________________

Year of Study: _______________________________________________________________


Proposed title of dissertation: __________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________


Dissertation supervisor: _______________________________________________________

Have you completed the Research Ethics Review Checklist? Y N

The completed Research Ethics Review Checklist MUST be attached to this form for dissertation approval – please discuss any ethical issues raised by your research with your supervisor.

Student signature: ___________________________________ Date: _________


Supervisor signature: ________________________________ Date: _________
This form MUST be completed prior to commencement of your research project. Once completed and signed, the form should be returned to your Programme Director or the Module Leader of IE5500 (Prof John Sumpter).

Appendix 8: Dissertation; Markers’ report Form


Institute for the Environment

Dissertation; markers’ report form



Name of Student:

Dissertation Title:

1st Marker:

2nd Marker:

Comments on this sheet are provided by the 1st / 2nd Marker (delete one)
CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT
1. Clarity of the title of the dissertation, and to what extent the title reflects the contents
2. The clarity and completeness of the abstract, which is a summary of results of the dissertation. Can the contents of the dissertation be understood from reading just the abstract?

3. The clarity of identification of the research aims.

4. The level of detail, and of review of relevant literature discussing previous work in relation to the chosen topic.


5. The application of relevant techniques and modes of inquiry, together with a clear explanation of the methodology adopted.
6. Quality of results and the clarity of their presentation


7. The coherence of integration of appropriate illustrative materials (e.g. figures, graphs, maps, photographs, quotations, statistical tables) throughout the report.

8. The thoughtfulness of analysis of the data collected in relation to the aims of the research

9. Conclusions section: Relevance of key findings in the light of the dissertation’s aims; thoroughness of reflection on the methodological limitations of the project.

10. Evidence of originality of thought and academic insight.

11. The overall logical and structural coherence of the dissertation, and the extent to which it conforms to the length and style of presentation prescribed in the module block guide.

12. Additional comments on any aspect of the dissertation:
Grade recommended by this marker:

Signature: _______________________ Date: ________________________



Agreed Grade:
If the original mark and the agreed mark are significantly different, a brief explanation should be provided below:


Appendix 9: Dissertation; Example title page




Brunel University


Institute for the Environment

Project Title


By
Student Name

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the MSc in Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability

September 2013

Appendix 10: Dissertation; Example declaration of own work




Declaration of Own Work

DECLARATION OF OWN WORK


I declare that this thesis entitled [insert full title of thesis]


…………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………………
is entirely my own work and that where material could be construed as the work of others, it is fully cited and referenced, and/or with appropriate acknowledgment given.

Signature:…………………………………………………………………………………….

Name of Student (Please print):……………………………………………………………………

Name of supervisor:…………………………………………………………………………………




Appendix 11: Research ethics review checklist

This checklist, based on the Research Ethics Review Checklist from the ESRC Research Ethics Framework, was designed to help determine the level of risk of harm to participants’ welfare when participating in research.


This checklist should be completed for every research project. It does not form part of the assessment criteria for the research proposal, but must be completed to help students consider the ethical implications of research.
Project Details

1. Project title:


2. Name of student:
3. Module block name/code:
4. Advisor:
PART ONE: RESEARCH ETHICS CHECKLIST

Please answer each question by ticking the appropriate box. If you have answered Yes to any of the questions, then at the end of the document you need to describe more fully how you plan to deal with the ethical issues raised by your research. You can discuss your responses with your advisor.







YES

NO

1. Does the study involve participants who may be particularly vulnerable and/or unable to give informed consent, thus requiring the consent of parents or guardians? (e.g. children under the age of 16; people with certain learning disabilities)





2a. Will the study require the co-operation of a gatekeeper for initial access to the groups or individuals to be recruited?





2b. If the answer to Question 2a is Yes, then will the study involve people who could be deemed in any way to be vulnerable by virtue of their status within particular institutional settings? (e.g. students at school; certain disabled people; members of a self-help group; residents of a nursing home, prison, or any other institution where individuals cannot come and go freely)





3. In situations where participants are not going about their daily business, but gathered for the purpose of a study, will it be necessary for participants to take part in the study without their knowledge and consent at the time? (e.g. covert observation of people in non-public places)




4. Will the study involve the discussion by or with respondents or interviewees of sensitive issues, such as their own involvement in activities such as sexual behaviour or drug use, where they have not given prior consent to such discussion?







5. Could the study induce psychological stress or anxiety or cause harm or negative consequences beyond the risks encountered in normal life?





6. Will the study involve prolonged or repetitive testing?





7. Will financial inducements (other than reasonable expenses and compensation for time) be offered to participants?





8. Will the study involve recruitment of patients or staff through the NHS?







PART TWO: RISK ASSESSMENT
Please also complete the risk assessment table provided over the page. A risk assessment identifies the possible hazards which you may encounter whilst undertaking fieldwork. More importantly, it enables you to judge the severity and likelihood of each hazard, and how you can respond to this.
Do talk with your advisor before completing the form.

Please note that it is your responsibility to follow the Code of Research Ethics, developed by the University Research Ethics Committee, as well as any relevant academic or professional guidelines in the conduct of your study. This includes providing appropriate documentation as described above, and ensuring confidentiality in the storage and use of data. Any significant change in the question, design or conduct over the course of the research should be notified to the Unit Research Ethics Officer and may require a new application for ethics approval.


Name of student (please print): __________________________________

Signature of student: __________________________________________


Date: _________________

Appendix 12: Risk assessment Form


Project Title:


Researcher:


Date:

Assess the Risks: (Probability X Severity = Risk)



Probability

Severity

Insignificant (e.g. no injuries, very low financial loss)

1

Minor (e.g. first aid treatment, low financial loss)

2

Moderate (e.g. medical treatment required, medium financial loss)

3

Major (e.g. extensive injuries, high financial loss)

4

Catastrophic (e.g. death, very high financial loss)
5

A (Certain)

High

High

Extreme

Extreme

Extreme

B (Likely – to be expected)

Moderate

High

High

Extreme

Extreme

C (Probable)

Low

Moderate

High

Extreme

Extreme

D (Possible but unusual)

Low

Low

Moderate

High

Extreme

E (Unlikely)

Low

Low

Moderate

High

High

Control the Risks: Actions taken or measures introduced to minimise risks to an acceptable level



Hazard (to student or to participants)

-please give description

Level of Risk

Action (to minimize risk)

Health:







Personal safety:








Theft:








Travel:








Research:








Appendix 13: Mitigating circumstances Form


INSTITUTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT CONFIDENTIAL
MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES FORM

ALL sections must be completed with the appropriate documentary evidence attached.


Your name




Student ID no.




Your course




Full or part time (FT, PT)

If PT, state year (1, 2 or 3)




Email




Phone no.




Your tutor





Please read the following notes before completing this mitigating circumstances form:

  1. This form should be completed by the student presenting the mitigating circumstances.

  2. This form, and where necessary, documentary evidence, MUST be submitted within 7 DAYS following the deadline for an assignment or the date of an examination. If you are unable to attend University to complete a form you MUST contact the Institute for the Environment (IFE), preferably the Course Administrator, otherwise any member of staff, by letter, email or phone within 7 days after the deadline. However, as soon as you become aware of mitigating circumstances that may affect your work, even before deadlines or examination dates, then please tell the Courses Administrator, IFE’s Chair of Mitigating Circumstances (MC) Panel, or any member of IFE teaching staff. In many cases, it is very useful to IFE if you can discuss the MCs with a member of staff, as soon as possible, in order to gain the appropriate support.

  3. Please note that extensions to deadlines will not be given. The Examination Board will consider late submissions in relation to submitted MCs, documentary evidence and the recommendation of the MC Panel, and decide whether penalties will apply or not.

  4. All information of a personal nature disclosed to the IFE MC Panel is normally confidential to the members of that panel, which, in IFE, is usually made up of four people: the IFE taught-course Administrator, and the three Programme Managers, for CCIS, PM and LM, one of whom is usually also the Chair of the IFE Examination Board, in accordance with Senate Regulation 4. Only when it is absolutely necessary would another member of staff be consulted in relation to your MCs, if, for example, a particular point needs to be clarified, about which the panel is unclear. In the Examination Board, your MCs will be noted, but this is done anonymously because Examination Boards in Brunel consider all students anonymously. The decision to accept or reject the MCs will be made by the three academic members of the panel.


Notes for completing the form:

  1. If the mitigating circumstances have prevented you from attending University and affected all your module blocks write ALL in the first Module block code and title box in the form below. If specific module blocks are affected, then you are provided with four boxes for four module blocks; if you need more space, then write on the reverse of this form.

  2. It is important that you explain as fully as possible how the mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance or submission of coursework. This will assist the IFE MC Panel and the IFE Board of Examiners in reaching the appropriate decision. Please ensure you fill in all the boxes.

  3. If a module block is taught by another School please complete a separate form as we will need to send this to the subject area teaching the module block.

  4. You MUST sign this form. The IFE MC Panel may reject unsigned forms.


Mitigating circumstances cannot be taken into account unless:

        1. You submit this form to the Courses Administrator, the Chair of IFE MC Panel, or any member of IFE teaching staff, with ALL sections completed.

        2. The form is submitted within 7 days after the deadline of the assessment to which it applies; submit earlier if you can.

        3. The form is accompanied by appropriate documentary evidence for absence of more than 7 days.

In the form below, if ALL your module blocks are affected, please circle “YES” then go to the next page; if less than all are affected, circle “NO” and complete the rest of the form.


Are all your module blocks affected by your MCs? (circle one)

YES

NO



If you have circled “NO”, please complete the form below.

MODULE BLOCK(S) AFFECTED (space for 4 module blocks; if you need more then add on reverse of this page)




Module block code:

Module block title

Item affected (e.g. IE5509 CW1

Waste Management Report, Exam)



Submission deadline or exam date

If an exam, did you attend?

If cw, date you submitted,

or write “not submitted”




If cw not submitted, when

might you be able to submit?







Module block code:

Module block title

Item affected (e.g. IE5509 CW1

Waste Management Report, Exam)



Submission deadline or exam date

If an exam, did you attend?

If cw, date you submitted,

or write “not submitted”




If cw not submitted, when

might you be able to submit?






Module block code:

Module block title

Item affected (e.g. IE5509 CW1

Waste Management Report, Exam)



Submission deadline or exam date

If an exam, did you attend?

If cw, date you submitted,

or write “not submitted”




If cw not submitted, when

might you be able to submit?






Module block code:

Module block title

Item affected (e.g. IE5509 CW1

Waste Management Report, Exam)



Submission deadline or exam date

If an exam, did you attend?

If cw, date you submitted,

or write “not submitted”




If cw not submitted, when

might you be able to submit?





Dates you have been affected by mitigating circumstances

From




To:




Details of mitigating circumstances

Please:

  1. explain how your mitigating circumstances affected your attendance or submission of coursework;

  2. fill in as fully as possible and continue on a separate sheet if necessary;

  3. if you have supporting document(s) (e.g. doctor’s letter) please make sure they are dated, and if possible the document(s) should verify the dates you are affected.

  4. You MUST provide documentary evidence for more than 7 days of MCs, but it will help us if you provide evidence for shorter periods of MCs.



              • Member(s) of staff aware of these circumstances

DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE ATTACHED

This form should be accompanied, where appropriate, by a relevant medical certificate or letter from a counsellor or other qualified person. Please tick the boxes for documentary evidence attached.

Medical certificate

 Doctor’s letter

 Counsellor’s letter

 Other appropriate evidence (e.g. Jury Service, Social Services, Solicitors, Police)


  • Other – please specify:

NB. If documentary evidence is not supplied the mitigating circumstances may not be accepted by the Mitigating Circumstance Panel.

Student signature




Date





Please return this form (in a sealed envelope if you prefer) with attached documents to the

Course Administrator (room HB146), Chair of IFE MC Panel, or any member of IFE teaching staff


For Office use only




Received by the Courses Administrator, Chair of IFE MC Panel,

or member of IFE teaching staff


Name of IFE person receiving this form: ­­­


Date:



Appendix 14: Student self-certification of illness Form



BRUNEL UNIVERSITY
STUDENT SELF-CERTIFICATION OF ILLNESS

This certificate should be completed by you and must accompany your Mitigating Circumstances Form in all cases where you are claiming illness.

Name: …………………………………………………………………..
Student ID: ……………………………………………………………..
Date illness commenced: ……………………………………………..
Date illness ended (if it has ended): …………………………………..
Details of illness:

If your illness lasted/has lasted for more than 7 days, please provide a doctor’s note in addition to this certificate.


Date of doctor’s note (if applicable): …………………………………..

Declaration
I declare that the above information is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that to give false information could result in disciplinary action against me in accordance with Senate Regulation 6.

Signed: ………………………………………. Date: ………………………




Appendix 15: Request for Internal Resolution Form


Office use only

Date received




Signature or School stamp




INSTITUTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

REQUEST FOR INTERNAL RESOLUTION

PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING THIS FORM

All documentation relating to Requests for Internal Resolution is kept confidential and any information you provide is only disclosed to those with the authority or responsibility for making decisions relating to your appeal.

Before you fill in this form, you should read the section of your School’s Student Handbook called ‘Making an Academic Appeal’ (Section 12.4).

Senate Regulation 12.22 states that

A student considering the submission of a request for an academic appeal should first submit a request for internal resolution to his or her School. The request should be submitted in writing in accordance with the published procedures of the School within 10 working days of notification1 of the student’s results. A student submitting a request for internal resolution more than 10 working days after the notification of results will be required to satisfy his or her School that he or she was unable, for good reason, to submit a case within 10 working days of notification.”

If you have any queries before you submit your request for internal resolution, you should speak to the Deputy Head of Teaching, Dr AJ Chaudhary.

Your School/Institute will normally offer you a meeting at which your request can be further discussed. Your School will normally be required to determine the outcome of your request for internal resolution within 10 working days of the date of receipt of the request.

Please complete all sections of this form.



Name

Enter your full name here



Student ID number (including /)

Enter your student ID number here



Title of course

Enter the title of your course here



Type and level of your course

Postal address *

Enter your full postal address here, including the postcode



Email address *

Enter your contact email address here, which should be your Brunel email address



Telephone number

Enter your contact telephone number here



Date

* these should be the same contact postal and email addresses that are currently shown in eVision – please ensure you update your details in eVision if these are not the same.

Section A – Grounds for Appeal

In accordance with SR12.19, an academic appeal may be made on one or more of the following grounds. Please indicate below which grounds are relevant to your appeal; it is possible that more than one may apply.

Please select ‘Y’ for those that apply, and ‘N’ for those that do not apply.

A

That there exist circumstances materially affecting your performance which were not known to the Examiners or progress review when the decision was taken, and which it was not reasonably practicable for you to have made known to the Examiners or progress review beforehand;



1 Notification will be taken to include the publication of results through the internet or dispatch of notification of results by post to the student’s most recently notified address.


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