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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5221M Dissertation (WUN)

60 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Paul Norman

Taught: 01 Oct to 31 Dec, 1 Apr to 30 Jun (3mth)(adv yr), 1 Apr to 30 June, 1 Jan to 31 Mar, 1 Jan to 31 Mar (3mth)(adv yr), 1 Jul to 30 Sep, 1 Sep to 31 Dec (4mth)(adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5160MDissertation (GIScience)

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of the module students:
i) should have demonstrated the ability to execute and manage a sustained programme of original research;
ii) will have undertaken research, that in most instances, involves GIS and spatial analysis that has relevancy to their workplace;
iii) will have identified and specified research questions, aims, objectives and hypotheses, and attempted to test/answer/meet these (as appropriate);
iv) will have identified and critically reviewed literature that is relevant to the chosen research topic;
v) will have demonstrated an ability to identify, design and apply appropriate research methods and techniques for completing their dissertation project;
vi) will have shown that they can locate their own original investigations within the contexts of current developments in GIS and geographical research in general.

Skills outcomes
- Generic C&IT skills, thesis writing
- project design and implementation
- spatial analysis
- sourcing material quickly/resource discovery
- manage and undertake a substantial piece of research
- using everyday world examples.

In addition, the implicit programme level skills.


Students will follow an individual programme of original research under the guidance of a staff member appointed as their supervisor. It is expected that projects will in most instances involve GIS/geographical analysis that has relevancy to the student's work place.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours575.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

575 hours spent managing and sustaining their own programme of research study (research specification, literature review, timetable, data collection/collation, data analysis, writing up and critical reflection).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contact and feedback by phone, email, letter, discussion room
- Feedback on PowerPoint slides.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationA maximum 10 PowerPoint slides demonstrating progress to date, weight 5%, due end of 9 months5.00
Essay or Dissertation15,000 word equivalent report, due end of year95.00
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: 29/01/2016


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