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Unit information: Dissertation: MRes Advanced Quantitative Methods in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation: MRes Advanced Quantitative Methods
Unit code GEOGM0063
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Tranos
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Mandatory Units

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation is an opportunity to carry out independent study, enabling the student to select a field of inquiry relevant to social work and to carry out research in depth over a sustained period. Student learning is supported by regular individual supervision sessions, though the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The dissertation is an extended piece of written work that provides an opportunity to identify and investigate a particular question and explore it systematically. A dissertation aims to develop independent critical thought on a research topic. The broad educational purpose of the dissertation is to encourage students to utilise a wide range of methodological options, to research the literature on a specialism within a discipline, and to develop, with the help of a Dissertation Supervisor, an original angle on a topic of social scientific interest which the student has elected to pursue.

Teaching Information

Independent study and research supported by supervisor

Assessment Information

12,000 word dissertation (100%)

Resources

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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.

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Assessment
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.

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