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GEOG3615 Human Geography Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 400

Module manager: Professor David Bell

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

GEOG2000,GEOG2561 OR GEOG2762


GEOG2000Research Approaches in Human Geography
GEOG2561Research Methods: Ideas and Practice in Human Geography
GEOG2762Research in Human Geography: Ideas, Methods and Tutorial

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Students should achieve the following
- develop a research proposal
- undertake an independent piece of original research, analysis and writing
- present their research to a peer group
- learn to manage their own time and project to suit their needs and research programme
- successfully use techniques introduced in the programme in an applied manner
- demonstrate that they can produce a highly professional piece of work

Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will have successfully planned, implemented and written up an individual research project. They will develop a broad range of skills in the module including general communication, writing and project management skills, subject- specific skills, methodological skills that may include primary and/or secondary data collection and various data analysis skills.

Skills outcomes
A Knowledge and Understanding
A1 The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the social sciences and humanities

A4 Spatial patterns and relationships in human phenomena at a variety of scales
A5 The geography of places and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and the influence of places on these processes
A6 The geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to historical development, ethnicity, class, gender and the changing nature of urban and regional economies and policy
A7 Contemporary debates about time-space relationships, globalization and global interconnections
A8 The role of changes in technology, the nature of work and labour markets in influencing spatial patterns of economic activity
A9 The theory and application of quantitative, visualisation and other spatial techniques across a wide range of geographical contexts
A10 The contribution of geography to development of environmental political, economic and cultural agendas, policies and practices

B Cognitive skills
B1 Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
B2 Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
B3 Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
B4 Developing reasoned arguments
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
C2 Undertake effective laboratory and field work (where practicable with due regard for safety and risk assessment)
C3 Employ a variety of technical methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information (e.g. GIS etc)
C4 Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and/or qualitative geographical data
C5 Recognise the ethical issues involved in geographical debates and enquiries

D Key skills
D1 Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
D2 Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
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
D6 Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others
D7 Manage time and organise work effectively


Dissertation topic is chosen in consultation with an academic mentor

Semester 1 is focused on dissertation design and project planning
Semester 2 is focused on data collection and analysis
A series of taught sessions support students to make progress with the research project

Full syllabus details are available in the module handbook, which can be found in Minerva

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Mentor input61.006.00
Private study hours385.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

- 4 hours: peer group meeting
- 381 hours: independent study/research

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Mentors monitor their students' progress through individual meetings as well as within group meetings of the DSG.
- Two interim reports (one in semester one and one in semester two), are a crucial part of monitoring the student's progress and allows students to receive feedback on their progress so far. The first interim report is pass-to-progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectSecond interim report (1,500 words)0.00
Essay or DissertationDissertation (10,000 words)100.00
ProjectFirst interim report (1,500 words)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Completion of Health and Safety Risk Assessment form is pass to progress Appending DSG logs to Dissertation is required. The First Interim report is pass to progress.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:20


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