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GG3574: RESEARCH DESIGN (2019-2020)

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Course Overview

This core course builds on GG2508 to provide an introduction to the conduct of research in the Geosciences at an advanced level.  It is intended to familiarise students with the skills necessary to design, implement and write up effective research.  These skills will support work on undergraduate dissertations and other project work.  The course also introduces careers research skills, and explores how you can best make use of your degree in the 'real world' after graduation: workshops run in partnership with the University's Career Service provide practical advice and training on how best to develop your career.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nicholas Spedding

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Geography (GG) (Studied) or Marine And Coastal Resource Management (MR) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

  • The nature of the research process.
  • Considering 'what makes a good piece of research' and 'how does a particular approach to your subject influence the type of research undertaken'.
  • Aims and learning outcomes of the undergraduate dissertation. Selecting research topics and developing research questions.
  • Literature searches and how to write a literature review.
  • Sources of quantitative and qualitative secondary data.
  • Data collection methods applicable to a wide range of geographical research questions.
  • Strategies for interpreting qualitative data.
  • Research ethics.
  • Health and safety for researchers.
  • Writing up research, how to present your dissertation and make the most of your research efforts.

The course also introduces careers research skills, and explores how you can best make use of your degree in the 'real world' after graduation: workshops run in partnership with the University's Career Service provide practical advice and training on how best to develop your career.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Geography
  • Geography Joint
  • MA Geography

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 32 - 35
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 28, 30
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 27, 29, 31

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Summative Assessments

Research Contexts Essay

Exam Type Summative Weighting 50
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For assessment students choose two of the following options, each worth 50%

  1. research contexts essay
  2. preliminary literature review/research planning exercise (this is compulsory for students intending to complete their dissertation in G&E)
  3. short report: data analysis and interpretation case study
  4. portfolio of careers-related coursework
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Portfolio of Careers-related Coursework

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Preliminiary literature review/research planning exercise

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This element is compulsory for students intending to complete their dissertation in G&E

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Short Report: Data Analysis and Interpretation Case Study

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Formative Assessment

Literature Review

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Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element, capped

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