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Course Overview

The dissertation can be a rewarding, interesting and challenging exercise, with a process that differs from taught courses. With self-directed study, you are introduced to the process of independent research starting with finding a topic that is both academically interesting and can be covered in the given time frame. In addition to utilising skills acquired during previous years of study, it is an opportunity to develop new skills useful for future employment, such as writing reports.  Your dissertation will be judged on evidence of competence in independent research. The greater the degree of competence, the higher the mark awarded.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rainer Schulz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Real Estate (PO) (Studied)

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Course Description

This course involves the completion of an independent piece of research work. The emphasis is upon self-directed study. A supervisor will provide guidance and support, but final responsibility for the completion of the dissertation rests with the student.
The process of writing a dissertation provides students with the opportunity to utilize the skills of writing, presentation and logical argument they have developed during their previous years of study. Moreover, it provides students with the opportunity to further develop skills that may be necessary for future employment, such as the writing of reports.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week12

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback will occur through the regular supervisor-student meetings and/or via e-mail when responding to drafts.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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