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TRAN5911M Transport Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Eleonora Morganti

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


To develop and apply research and/or design skills in a specialist topic within the transport discipline.

- For research topics these skills will include: review of relevant literature, identification of key issues, development of an experimental method, assembly and analysis of relevant data, logical discussion and conclusions of relevance to practical application.
- For design topics these skills will include: identification of key issues, development of candidate solutions, and assessment of these solutions with relevance to the overarching objectives of transport policy.
- For both types of topic, emphasis will be placed on the development of skills in the effective communication of ideas and concepts in writing and verbally.

Students will be required to undertake a dissertation cognate to their degree programme.

Learning outcomes
In-depth knowledge of the subject area chosen for the study, to cover the context of the study, previous literature in the field (including previous research), and knowledge of relevant methodologies.


- Selection of topic: either from a list provided or by self-suggestion in consultation with staff
- Work is largely self-directed under supervision from a member of staff
- Submission of Interim Report, for formative feedback
- Preparation and presentation of poster
- Oral examination of progress
- Completion, submission and examination of Final Report of about 15,000 words.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Private study hours591.00
Total Contact hours9.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Self-directed study, to include a significant amount of original research investigation as well as review of existing literature on relevant research, steered by regular meetings with a personal supervisor.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- 1,000 word Interim Report: formative feedback provided
- Poster presentation
- Oral Examination
- Individual supervision.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay15,000 word dissertation (Students will be required to submit a 1,000 word interim report in semester two in order to receive formative feedback)80.00
Poster PresentationPoster Presentation10.00
Oral PresentationOral Presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be required to submit a 1,000 word interim report in semester two in order to receive formative feedback.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 16:33:10


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