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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5911M Transport Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Angelica Salas Jones

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Transport Dissertation module provides students the opportunity to apply the academic and research skills gained through their programme to complete an independent research project. It enables students to gain in-depth knowledge of an area of interest within their programme and contribute to academic research within the subject area. Students will be required to undertake a dissertation cognate to their degree programme.


The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to develop and apply research and/or design skills in a specialist topic within the transport discipline.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

-LO1: Demonstrate understanding of existing literature and produce a literature review relevant to a chosen area of study.

-LO2: Identify and formulate research question derived from the literature review.

-LO3: Justify chosen methodology for the study.

-LO4: Collect qualitative/quantitative data, through fieldwork or from public data sources, where appropriate.

-LO5: Analyse primary/secondary data, or design an appropriate solution, where appropriate.

-LO6: Critically assess the findings and draw conclusion on relevance to a subject area.

-LO7: Produce a report that outlines the whole research cycle.

-LO8: Present the research to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

-9. Apply suitable research methods.

-10.Conduct literature review searches from academic sources.

-11. Effective communication of ideas and concepts, both written and verbal.

-12. Time management and organisation skills.

-13. Analysis of qualitative/quantitative datasets (subject specific).

-14. Digital and analytical skills related to producing poster and presentation.

-15. Digital and analytical skills related to use of software for analysing or evaluating a solution (subject specific).


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Interim Report: this report is the project inception. Feedback is provided by the supervision team.

- Poster presentation: feedback provided by the supervision team and peers.

- Oral Examination: feedback provided by the main supervisor and the session moderator.

- Individual supervision: feedback provided in meetings and in detail on one chapter and overview on another chapter.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00


Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/03/2024


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