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Unit information: Research Project and Study Skills in 2015/16

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Unit name Research Project and Study Skills
Unit code GEOG30002
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Anesio
Open unit status Not open

Either all units in Geography Year 2 Syllabus A or Syllabus B or Syllabus C


Either all units in Geography Year 2 Syllabus A or Syllabus B or Syllabus C (MSci students only)

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


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 details

Introductory lecture


Dissertation advisory sessions

Assessment Details

Research Project - 100%

Reading and References

  1. Flowerdew, R. and Martin, D. 1997, Methods in Human Geography (Longman);
  2. Kneale, P. 1999, Study skills for Geography students: a Practical guide (Arnold);
  3. Parsons, T. and Knight, P. 1995, How to do your dissertation in geography and related disciplines (Chapman and Hall).