CP0313 - Research Dissertation

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0313
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits30
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Scott Orford
SemesterAutumn Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

It is a requirement in a BSc degree course that all students produce a Research Dissertation, which, because of its importance, counts as a triple module.  To complete this module each student must, on his/her own, prepare a dissertation on a chosen topic and this should not exceed 15,000 words in length.  The dissertation provides the means of developing students' research and analytical abilities.  In particular, it requires that students develop their prescriptive problem-solving abilities by undertaking basic research, and by assessing its possible contribution to geographical theory.  It is a major opportunity for students to analyse in depth an area of literature, which they have chosen for themselves, and to show their practical skills as independent researchers.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

Skills that will be practised and developed

The dissertation involves essentially individual student-centred learning. Students should be able to work on own research project and manage and organise own timetable

An ability to synthesise information and recognise relevance

An ability to develop a sustained argument

An ability to evaluate and articulate weaknesses in the arguments of others

To be able to communicate geographical ideas fluently by written and visual means

How the module will be assessed

The dissertation reflects the student’s ability to plan, undertake and write-up a major piece of original research within a strict time frame. The dissertation will demonstrate an ability to collect, evaluate, analyse, and interpret various types of data to answer specific research questions, an ability to conduct research requiring substantial individual initiative and a competence in communicating research findings, drawing conclusions and (where relevant) making appropriate (policy) recommendations.

Type of assessment





(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment



Research Dissertation (15,000 words)



The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Dissertation 100
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Writing up your dissertation: an overview

Analysing data

Presenting analysis

Bringing the dissertation together

Problems solving and trouble shooting


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