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GEOG5160M Dissertation (GIScience)

60 creditsClass Size: 37

Module manager: Paul Norman

Taught: 1 Mar to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5221MDissertation (WUN)

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
i) execute a sustained programme of original research or development;
ii) identify and critically review the literature relevant to that objective;
iii) identify and apply the conceptual understandings and practical research skills necessary for the thorough and coherent exploration of their chosen topic;
iv) locate their own original investigations within the wider current developments.

Skills outcomes
A Knowledge and Understanding:
A9 The theory and application of quantitative, visualisation and other spatial techniques across a wide range of geographical contexts.

B Cognitive skills:
B5 Solving problems and making reasoned decisions .

C Practical/professional skills:
C1 Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team
C3 Employ a variety of technical and laboratory-based methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information (e.g. GIS, water chemistry, etc)
C4 Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data.

D Key skills:
D3 Apply numerical and computational skills to geographical information
D4 Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
D5 Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources.


Students follow an individual programme of original research or development under the guidance of a staff member appointed as their supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours599.00
Total Contact hours1.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

599 hours independent research

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Supervisor meetings

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationPowerpoint presentation5.00
Essay or Dissertation15,000 words95.00
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: 05/08/2020 17:04:15


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