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GEOG5285M Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Pippa Chapman

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The dissertation is your opportunity to develop your own programme of research. You may decide to expand on work undertaken as part of your course to study a problem that has interested you for some time or to research a new area of the subject altogether. Whatever you choose, it is vital that you develop a robust project with a specific problem to investigate (i.e has clear and achievable objectives).


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
1. Write a concise research proposal for a project that aims to effectively contribute to the literature.
2. Critically evaluate and synthesise literature.
3. Critically evaluate research methods and results.
4. Present scientific results in a professionally competent manner.

Learning outcomes
Awareness of relevant literature
Understanding of relevant literature
Critical engagement with literature
Suitability/coherence of research design
Appropriateness of techniques deployed
Skill in application of research techniques/methodology
Skill in analysis of results
Original research
Sustainability of conclusions drawn
Consciousness of limitations
Integration of results with extant literature
Professional written presentation structure and style


There are 3components to the dissertation module:
1. 1500 word research proposal - pass to progress
2. 1500 word interim report - pass to progress
3. 9000 word research paper to be submitted in journal manuscript style (100%)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours294.00
Private study hours300.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

300 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Ad hoc feedback at supervisory meetings (also by email)
Formative feedback on literature review
Formative feedback on dissertation proposal and interim research report.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayAcademic style paper (9000 words) Due thursday in August100.00
Research ProposalPass to progress dissertation proposal due in April -15000.00
ReportPass to progress interim research report due mid July 1500 words0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:36:37


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