Module Details

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Title Dissertation (Geography & Environmental Science)
Code ENVS321
Coordinator Dr MN Riley
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30


To provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
To allow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of how to use independent research to address a specific research question, including understanding the diversity of techniques and approaches involved in collecting geographical information

(LO2) An understanding of how to design and undertake a research project to answer that question, including understanding issues involved in research design andexecution

(LO3) The ability to produce  an independent reviewof academic literature relating to a specific research question

(LO4) The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse primary and secondary geographical data

(LO5) The ability to write-up a research project using an appropriate academic style and structure, including the techniques and approaches required to present geographical data

(LO6) The development of time- and project-management skills, including the ability to coordinate and complete a project independent of close supervision (i.e. managea project independently)

(S1) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S3) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S4) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

(S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S6) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

(S7) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning



Design, conduct and write-up an independent research project, under staff supervision. Supervision sessions take place throughout the autumn semester. The precise focus of these supervision meetings will be varied to meet student needs. Indicatively, however, they will cover the following; Researching and writing a literature review.
Feedback on a draft literature review.
Getting going on data analysis.
Feedback on/discussion of preliminary data analysis results.
Feedback on draft data analysis.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Supervision
Description: Supervision - Regular supervision sessions throughout Semester One, including one-to-one and group sessions. May include feedback on oral presentation and feedback on draft dissertation chapters.
Sessions will either be delivered face-to-face or online, after consultation with individual supervisors.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 1


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 293


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Dissertation Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. School penalty applies for exceeding max. word count. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) : End of seme    100       

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