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Unit information: Research Project and Study Skills in 2021/22

Unit name Research Project and Study Skills
Unit code GEOG30002
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Tranos
Open unit status Not open

Students should have successfully completed all mandatory and must-pass units in Year 1 and Year 2 of MSci Geography.



School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The research project provides an opportunity for students to undertake and report on a piece of original and individual geographical research on a topic of their own choosing. It allows them to demonstrate their skills in topic selection, in investigating the background context of their chosen topic, in research design and implementation, in analysis and in report writing. The background literature and research skills on which they draw might be those introduced in other parts of the geography programme, but the research project also provides an opportunity to explore a topic of interest beyond those covered formally by the School's teaching.

Tutorials both support the research project and continue to provide support over a range of coursework for the relevant syllabus.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to:

  • Plan, negotiate, conduct and report on a significant piece of original research to tight practical limitations.
  • Produce report and defend written and oral arguments with confidence in small group settings.

The following transferable skills are developed in this Unit:

  • self-assessment and assessment of work of others
  • critical thinking
  • library and data-base searches
  • bibliographic referencing and the academic presentational conventions and standards
  • debating skills
  • negotiating skills
  • specification of research problem
  • undertaking of original research
  • effective essay writing
  • report writing
  • time management
  • oral presentations
  • awareness of acquisition of personal/transferable skills.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a blended combination of online and, if possible, in-person teaching, including

  • introductory guidance materials
  • synchronous group workshops, seminars, tutorials and/or office hours
  • independent study supported by guidance from dissertation supervisor

Assessment Information

10,000 word Research Project - 100%


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. GEOG30002).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.