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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 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students will normally have completed the compulsory (semester 1) and optional (semester 2) elements of the programme before attempting this module.

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5013MDissertation (GISc)
GEOG5221MDissertation (WUN)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This dissertation module provides an opportunity to develop an individual programme of research over several months. Students may decide to expand on work/ideas covered as part of their programme or to select a new issue to explore. Students will work closely under the guidance of an allocated supervisor and are expected to complete an independent piece of academic work.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Produce a concise research proposal for a project that aims to effectively contribute to the academic 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
On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
1. Execute a sustained programme of original research or development;
2. Identify and critically review the literature relevant to the chosen topic;
3. Identify and apply appropriate conceptual understanding and practical research skills necessary for the thorough and coherent exploration of their chosen topic;
4. Locate their own original investigations within the wider current developments.

Skills outcomes


Students follow an individual programme of original research or development under the guidance of a staff member appointed as their supervisor. Progress check-points (research rationale, literature scoping and research design) will be put in place in collaboration with the supervisor to ensure the student remains on track.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Individual Support51.005.00
Private study hours585.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Private study relates to independent wider reading, independent practical work (e.g. fieldwork if appropriate) and researching/undertaking the dissertation and related tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided via:
1. Feedback on 1-2 page interim report submissions (research rationale, literature scoping and research design), likely in both written and oral format. Timings to be agreed between the student and supervisor.
2. The module leader will also provide more general support via email and Microsoft Teams (or equivalent) during the learning stages, in advance and prior to assessment, as required.
3. Discussion boards (e.g. Yammer, Padlet) will be monitored and students encouraged to post questions, comments regarding the research process etc. For this module, the discussion boards are important to develop a sense of community and promote peer support. Allocated supervisors will also be on hand to support students on subject-matter queries.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationPoster presentation5.00
ReportProject Report (10,000 words)90.00
PortfolioReport (2,000 words)5.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:32:20


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