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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN3011 Transport Dissertation

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Tony Whiteing

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students will have demonstrated the ability to conduct a substantial research project in an area of transport studies independently of detailed guidance from staff.

In the course of this, students will have demonstrated:

- an ability to define a research question;

- an ability to select an appropriate methodology for the investigation and analysis of their question;

- an ability to identify relevant literature and other information sources in order to establish and critically assess the current state of knowledge;

- an ability to gather and collate both qualitative and/or quantitative data as appropriate, from both secondary and (where relevant) primary sources and to analyse such data through the use of appropriate techniques

- an ability to think critically about their own research and to place it in a wider context;

- an ability to draw policy inferences (where relevant);

- skills in time management;

- an ability to communicate their research effectively in a written report.

Skills outcomes
Report writing skills
Presentation skills


Dissertation topic to be chosen and developed by the student in consultation with staff and approved by the Module Leader.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning31.003.00
Private study hours292.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

A document explaining the dissertation process is circulated well in advance of the module start date. Each student is assigned to a member of staff who will act as supervisor. A list of staff research interests is provided. Regular meetings are held to formulate the research topics and check on progress and a supervision form is issued to each student to record meetings and progress. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet with their supervisor to discuss the formulation of the dissertation title and the planning of the research project.
Seminars will be held where students will make assessed presentations on their dissertation proposals and progress.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Via individual meetings with the allocated supervisor and via assessment of an interim progress report and seminar presentation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report10,000 words maximum to be submitted around Easter. Full documentation is provided for students on the marking scheme and form of assessment. Marks may be deducted in the dissertation exceeds the recommended word length70.00
ReportInterim progress report of 1,500 words to be submitted towards the end of the first semester20.00
PresentationSeminar presentation relating to the progress report10.00
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: 26/04/2017


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