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
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn 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.
- 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.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||575.00|
|Total Contact hours||25.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||600.00|
Private study575 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 type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||A maximum 10 PowerPoint slides demonstrating progress to date, weight 5%, due end of 9 months||5.00|
|Essay or Dissertation||15,000 word equivalent report, due end of year||95.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 29/01/2016
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