Philosophy of STOR601 Sessions

Scientific modelling

These six sessions are aimed at bringing out the different approaches and strategies to modelling in STOR. The sessions are aimed to be introductory and to provide insight. A limited amount of further reading may be helpful. These sessions aren’t intended to provide research level methods.

Research Topics

These eight sessions are aimed at introducing students to some specific research areas which will not have been addressed in the core/options modules. The material should give you ideas of some of the STOR research strengths at Lancaster University.

Problem Solving Days

The problem solving days are aimed at helping to develop end-to-end problem solving skills. Talks from industrial partners will introduce you to a new problem the partner is working on. Within the day the students, in groups, will address the problem and present their suggestions through talks to the partner. The students will have the support of mentors, the coordinators and the industrial partner. The only assessment based on these sessions will be via the team work assessment which is determined by the coordinators in conjunction with the mentors and the industrial partner.

STOR601 Assessment

STOR601 has a timetable for the submission of assessments:

Componenet Credit Assessed
Teamwork in IPS events 20% T1 + T2
Personal Website 10% T1
OR Modelling Sessions 10% T1
Computer Programming for STOR Research 10% T2
Research Topic I: Report 15% T2
Research Topic II: Talk 10% T2
Research Topic II: Report 25% T2

Details of Assessment

Marking of Teamwork

Teamwork is assessed at the problem solving days. Assessment is made by the STOR601 coordinators with input from the industrial partner. Feedback will be given to the students after each event. The expectation is that each group member will communicate and contribute with their group members in a constructive way. At each event the following four-point scale will be used:

  • 90%: for a contribution that clearly exceeds expectations (e.g. particularly effective engagement with the group and the problem);
  • 70% for a contribution which meets expectations, this is expected to be the typical mark;
  • 50% for a contribution which falls below expectations or that restricts the team from working to their full capacity;
  • 0% for no apparent contribution.

The overall mark for teamwork is made as an average (equal weight) of the marks over each of the problem solving days. For students who miss sessions for legitimate reasons their overall mark is derived as an average over the sessions attended.

Personal Website

You will be required to design a personal website with a professional look and informative nature. Initial training is provided. We intend that you will maintain and update this site throughout your PhD ensuring that your research work is widely disseminated.

OR Modelling Sessions

This coursework is set during the Modelling Case Studies. Assessment will be based on three pieces of coursework, each of equal weight, which are set throughout the first term. On each piece of work a simple four-point scale will be used:

  • 90%- well above level we would expect (and hence rarely used);
  • 75%- operating at level we would expect;
  • 55%- improvement needed to bring work up to level we expect;
  • 40%- well below level we expect.

Research Topic I:

Students will each produce a report and an associated poster reviewing the area of one of the topics covered in the Topical Research Areas. The choice of topic area is open and there is no problem if more than one student picks the same topic. Students should expect to explore literature of this area, with the material in the taught sessions simply being a starting point. It is recommended that students speak with the lecturer who presented their selected topic to help them identify some starting points for further research. Assessment takes the form of:

  • A 7 page (maximum) report in LaTeX in 11pt summarising the area.
  • A 1 page (max, in 11pt) overview of the report with the target being that this is accessible for public dissemination.
  • Assessment of the report and overview will be made by two of the STOR601 coordinators with them marks for the two components being 10 and 5 respectively.

Research Topic II: with associated talk

Students will each produce an individual report on a potential research topic, building on any of topical research areas. Conditions for the selection of topic:

  1. It must be different from the area covered by Research Topic I.
  2. It must be approved by the STOR-i Director. The process of getting approval is to submit an abstract of at most half a page to the Director. A decision will then be made about the suitability of the topic.
  3. Ideally we are looking for students to cover slightly different topics from one another so in cases of overlap some recommendations may be given by the Director to avoid overlap.

With the report we want to emphasise we are aiming for quality not quantity. To help guide you on this we have a maximum page length of 20 pages in 11pt. We would expect most good reports to be 15 pages or more, but there is no minimum length limit.

As with Research Topic I it is recommended that students speak with the lecturer who presented their selected topic to help them identify some starting points for further research.