Module Details

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Title GEOGRAPHY DISSERTATION
Code ENVS321
Coordinator Dr AJ Hacket Pain
Geography and Planning
Andrew.Hacket-Pain@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

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


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Anunderstanding of how to use independent research to address a specific researchquestion, including understanding the diversity of techniques and approachesinvolved in collecting geographical information

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

(LO3) Theability 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) Theability to write-up a research project using an appropriate academic style andstructure, including the techniques and approaches required to presentgeographical data

(LO6) Thedevelopment of time- and project-management skills, including the ability tocoordinate 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


Syllabus

 

Design, conduct and write-up an independent research project, under staff supervision. Fortnightly supervision sessions take place throughout the autumn term. 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 a draft data analysis.
Feedback on draft dissertation introduction, methods and conclusion.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Supervision
Description: Supervision - Regular supervision sessions throughout the Semester One, including one-to-one and group sessions. Feedback on oral presentation and feedback on draft dissertation chapters.
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           6

6
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 294
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
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Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
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CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Dissertation Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :End of semester 1  maximum 10,000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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