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Unit information: Masters Dissertation in 2021/22

Unit name Masters Dissertation
Unit code CENGM0040
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Laura Dickinson
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is the culmination of the programme, and so here the students will demonstrate the culmination of their intellectual progression by applying and extending the skills and attributes they have learnt in the preceding units.

This unit is an extended piece of research work in an area of water or environmental science or management. Students will undertake a detailed and in-depth piece of research, which will include data acquisition, analysis and evaluation. Students will plan and design their research programme, informed by their literature review; in particular they will propose and test hypotheses, set aims and objectives, and devise and evaluate methodologies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit successful students will be able to:

D1.1 apply the skills learnt throughout the programme to design and produce a coherent, relevant dissertation;

D1.2 demonstrate self-direction and initiative by acting (semi-) autonomously to plan and manage the research process;

D1.3 contextualise their findings within the broader scientific landscape;

D1.4 synthesize complex issues, and judge how to communicate them to an appropriate level of detail;

D1.5 summarize and critically evaluate their findings and apply this evaluation to recommend actions or further research.

Teaching Information

The teaching in this unit comprises formal lectures, workshops and supervisions.

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed (100%) by coursework (the dissertation). Formative feedback is provided throughout the unit during supervisions.


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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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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.