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Unit information: Extended Research Project in 2015/16

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Unit name Extended Research Project
Unit code GEOGM0110
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Michaelides
Open unit status Not open

Having followed the A, B or C Syllabus in Years 2 and 3


The A, B or C Syllabus units in Year 4

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Summary and Objectives: This unit provides an opportunity to pursue research work at an advanced level, to liaise with other researchers and to present research results in written format.

This unit allows students to undertake supervised research on a topic of their own choosing. It builds on both the experience of the Year 3 Research Project, and more advanced level 4 courses which provide access to additional research skills. However, the Extended Research Project must be clearly different from the Research Project completed in Year 3, both with respect to topic and methods used. It is undertaken in terms 2 and 3, with preparation of a final 12,000 word report by mid-May. A synopsis must be prepared and submitted to the Unit Convenor by the end of week 12. The suitability of the topic will be approved by the Unit Director and Year 4 Tutor.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to:

  • Identify a research problem and scope an appropriate research proposal
  • Undertake the data collection and analysis of the research specified
  • Report on the research project to strict word and time constraints in a format for an academic research community

The following transferable skills are developed in this Unit:

  • Self-directed learning
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical assessment
  • Time management
  • Interview skills
  • Computing skills
  • Database management
  • Data presentation

Teaching Information

Advice and guidance on individual extended research projects will be given by members of academic staff who have expertise in the area chosen by students.

Assessment Information

Final Project Dissertation

write-up 100%

Total student learning and assessment hours

Supervisory meetings with staff 10

Independent research 190

Total for unit (200 Hours)

Reading and References

Entirely dependent on nature of research topic selected