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PIED5700M Africa Research Methods and Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 50

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is not approved as an Elective


To provide students with the research skills needed to carry out research in the area of human and sustainable development in Africa; and to produce a piece of research of a theoretical or empirical nature illuminating an aspect of this area.


This module will help prepare students for the dissertation through an examination of research design, of different research methods and of techniques of data collection and analysis. Student's competence in word processing and the handling of different computer packages will be developed through a variety of exercises relevant to the subject matter of the scheme.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours588.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/07/2010


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