Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
There are no prerequisites for this module
The geography dissertation is a research project on a geographical topic of the student's choice. It may bebased on either primary data or secondary sources, and should demonstrate competence in dealing withgeographical data or source material appropriate to the topic. The dissertation provides an opportunity forstudents to put into practice a wide range of skills and knowledge learned during their degree programme.Students are given a free choice of topic, and are allocated to an adviser with whom to discuss researchstrategy, analysis of the results and presentation of the work. The single dissertation is a substantial project, typically 5-6,000 words long, with a 6,000 word limit.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/geg-30008/lists
The aims of this module are to:
- Give students the opportunity to carry out an original and independent research project using appropriate literature, data sources and methodologies
- More specifically the objectives involve: Designing and conducting an original line of research into a topic of the student's own choice.Undertaking a focused literature review.Collating, synthesising and analysing appropriate data.Presenting a developed and consistent set of argumentsProducing a cogent, well illustrated dissertation based upon coherent thinking and application of ideasTraining students to undertake research responsibly and safely.
Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, successful students will be able to:
- Choose and narrow a specific research topic/problem; synthesise and evaluate a selection of key concepts, conflicting and complementary debates and research publications in geography; demonstrate critical thinking
- Develop and present in written form a sustained and reasoned argument to assess contrasting Geographical theories or explanations
- Devise a research strategy to tackle a research problem;
- Safely collect and analyse original data or conduct original analysis on data drawn from diverse existing sources
- Demonstrate the ability to write a substantial report using sustained argument and effective presentation.
150 hours guided independent research
1: Dissertation weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
6000 words maximum