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GG5574: BECOMING A RESEARCHER (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to help students become a researcher, developing skills that are essential to successfully undertaking research, interacting with others in the research community and communicating research findings to different audiences. Course assessment is designed to allow students to develop their research interests and reflect on different approaches to ‘doing’ research.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Joe Pierce

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Tailored specifically to the needs of early career researchers and intended to align with the skills development requirements of individual students, course content will be drawn from the following topics:

  • Planning for being in the field
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Publishing
  • Recruiting participants
  • Ethical practice in Geographical research
  • Good research governance
  • Communicating research to different audiences
  • Impact and Knowledge Exchange
  • Writing grant applications
  • Keeping abreast of developments in the discipline and specific research areas*

 * students will be expected to attend research seminars organised by the School of Geosciences, other academic units within the University and by external organisations such as the James Hutton Institute. Participation – in person or virtual - in external research events aligned with individual students’ research interests will be encouraged


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided and students will discuss this feedback in a one to one oral feedback session.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseThrough critical engagements with the work of others, develop effective oral and written communication skills
ReflectionUnderstandDevelop core skills required to be a social science researcher.

Peer review task: structured review of two contrasting academic papers

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided and students will discuss this feedback in a one to one oral feedback session.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseThrough critical engagements with the work of others, develop effective oral and written communication skills

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Coursework –essay based on one of the course seminar topics

2000 words

Written feedback will be provided and students will discuss this feedback in a one to one oral feedback session.

To take place during resit diet

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Peer review task: structured review of two contrasting academic papers

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Peer review task: structured review of two contrasting academic papers (a different pair to those reviewed at first attempt)

Written feedback will be provided and students will discuss this feedback in a one to one oral feedback session.

To take place during resit diet

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionUnderstandDevelop core skills required to be a social science researcher.
ConceptualAnalyseThrough critical engagements with the work of others, develop effective oral and written communication skills

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