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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOEV5008M Sustainability Research Project

60 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: David Dawson

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

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

5007M - Research Project & Leadership for Sustainability

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will develop student’s independent research capacity within the field of sustainable cities. The research Project (100%) will build on all previous learning to produce an original piece of research centred on a live urban problem identified by students and supported by an academic supervisor.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- identify and define research problems.
- review relevant literature & develop critical thinking.
- produce a research proposal including risk and ethics considerations.
- collect, analyse and synthesise research data.
- present information in a logical and cohesive way.
- understand the limitations of the research.
- elicit appropriate conclusions.
- prepare a statement of impact of the research project.
- communicate through well-structured written documents.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate a gap in body of knowledge in a chosen research area.
2. Develop research methods and research instruments for data collection.
3. Collect and analyse data to elicit new knowledge.
4. Produce a written proposal and research report.


Definition of Research; Information Sources; Research Design; Research Methods; Measurement; Data Analysis; Research Report Writing

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings81.008.00
Private study hours572.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Supervision meetings with supervisor throughout the academic year.

Written/verbal feedback on formative proposal submission prior to engaging in project activities.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay10,000 word report.100.00
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: 11/05/2023


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