Module Details

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Title DISSERTATION MCD/MA/MSC PLANNING
Code ENVS491
Coordinator Dr A Nurse
Geography and Planning
A.Nurse@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 60

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to research and how to start a research project on a selected planning research topic. There are three main objectives: To give students an opportunity to study a subject of their choosing and develop a masterly understanding of the subject area; To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis, and reasoned argument; To develop individual initiative and judgement; and To develop writing and other communication skills of research findings.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who complete the course successfully will: Develop substantive knowledge of a planning related research topic.

(LO2) 2. Understand the methodological steps involved in the research process of doing a dissertation.

(LO3) 3. Be able to set up and manage a research project

(LO4) 4. Grasp the nature and techniques of applying different research strategies and data collection and analytical methods

(LO5) 5. Be able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguments and relate research findings to planning policy and practice.

(LO6) 6. Be able to write a substantial piece of academic work and use bibliographies,referencing, citations and quotations in the appropriate and correct manner.

(LO7) 7. Understand the ethical issues involved in research.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Ethical awareness


Syllabus

 

1 Planning for a Dissertation First Seminar (3 hours)    An overview of the principal stages of the research process. Literature review and exploratory investigation. The structuring of a research plan. How to formulate research aims and how to express those aims in the form of research questions or a research hypothesis? ‘What makes a good dissertation?’ workshop Bibliographic sources and referencing: formulating a bibliography, and presentation of how to reference sources within a research report. Research Design and Research Approaches Second Seminar (3 hours)   How to choose between quantitative and qualitative methods? Approaches to collecting survey information ‑ fundamental concepts in surveying and sampling. Questionnaire design and administration.  Analysis and Synthesis Third Seminar (3 hours)    Design and methods of case study research.  How to conduct in-depth interviews and focus group sessions?  Analysing qu antitative and qualitative data? Drawing conclusions and report writing.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - E-lecture
Description: Outline of the module, introduction to the research process, methodologies and analysis
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - E-seminar
Description: Discussion of approaches, methods and analysis for projects
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Online tutorial
Description: Discussion of approaches, methods and analysis for projects
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   2

8

    8

18
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 582
TOTAL HOURS 600

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Summer  15 min presentation    10       
Assessment 2 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Summer  12,500 Approx. Disse    75       
Assessment 3 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Summer  1500 research plan    15       

Recommended Texts

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