|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||30|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Scott Orford|
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.
The dissertation involves essentially individual student-centred learning. Students should be able to work on own research project and manage and organise own timetable
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
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