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Unit information: Dissertation in 2012/13

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code GEOGM1007
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Power
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation is based upon an independent research project developed by the individual student in consultation with an Advisor. The dissertation provides students with practical experience of formulating, designing, and undertaking a substantive and original piece of social science research. The dissertation is evaluated to judge the individual student&)s ability to formulate, design, and conduct independent research into a clearly defined research problem; to select and deploy appropriate methodologies in investigating the problem; and to assess critically the relationships between empirical research findings and broader substantive and conceptual issues. During the Summer Term, students are introduced to basic issues of research design and research ethics through group workshops and presentations. In consultation with a dissertation Advisor, individual students are expected to have developed a coherent programme of research by the end of this term, to enable them to proceed with their research during the summer vacation.