|Assessment length / details
|Research Project A final project report of a maximum of 6,000 words.
|Research Project Resubmission of failed (< 40%) report. 6000 Words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Plan, design and execute a piece of rigorous geographical research or enquiry.
2. Undertake effective and appropriate empirical research, focusing on the collation of information from secondary sources and, if applicable, the collection of primary data.
3. Analyse data in a rigorous manner, employing appropriate techniques and interpret findings in the context of existing knowledge and theories.
4. Produce a written research report in an appropriate academic style.
5. Demonstrate self-motivation, planning and initiative in working independently.
This module takes the form of a student-led independent research project for joint-honours' and major students. An appropriate topic of geographical relevance is proposed by the student and approved by the module co-ordinator. The project involves three stages: (i) empirical research to collate information from secondary sources, and collect primary data as appropriate for the research issue; (ii) the analysis of data and information, including the interpretation of findings in the context of existing knowledge and theories; (iii) the production of a 6,000 word report.
(i) four individual meetings with their advisor (end of year 2, beginning of year 3, beginning of semester 2 of year 3, prior to Easter of year 3). These meetings will act as the basis of the personal tutor system at Level 3;
(ii) three group meetings during semester 1, attended by an advisor's complement of joint-honours' and major-minor students supervisees. These meetings will act as a basis for discussing key papers, which will help the students to complete their independent project;
(iii) three lectures for the degree scheme or the whole year group, where appropriate. Some of these will act as support sessions for the project, e.g. structuring your project, while others may focus on CPD (Continuing Personal Development) issues, e.g. relating to skills and employability.
|Application of Number
|If appropriate to the selected research topic, students may develop numerical skills through the collection, analysis and presentation of quantitative data.
|Written communication skills are developed through the production of a written report. Oral communication skills are developed through: discussion of the research - individually and in groups; and may be developed through empirical research where verbal research methods are employed (e.g. interviews and questionnaires).
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience of planning and undertaking research in the individual and group discussions.
|Students will be expected to employ appropriate IT resources in identifying data sources and collecting data (e.g. internet, electronic information resources), in data analysis (e.g. statistical packages), and in producing the project report (e.g. word processing, GIS and mapping packages).
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Personal development and career planning will be developed as part of the APPR sessions and personal tutor meetings that are a part of this module. In addition, the generic skills developed through the research project will have significant transferability to a wide range of career contexts.
|Problem solving skills are developed through the identification of research questions, appropriate methodology and research plan, and through responses to difficulties experienced during data collection.
|Research skills are developed through the collection and analysis of data appropriate for investigation of the research questions.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Team work will be developed through group debates and work in the group support sessions. These skills will not be assessed formally.
This module is at CQFW Level 6