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GG3574: RESEARCH DESIGN (2022-2023)

Last modified: 21 Oct 2022 11:10


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 P. Spedding
  • Dr James E. Schofield

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Geography (GG) or Marine And Coastal Resource Management (MR) or Bachelor Of Science In Geoscience

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.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week s 31, 33 - 35, 39
  • 1 Lecture during University week s 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University week 29
  • 1 Workshop during University week s 28, 30, 32

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Coursework Assignments

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Assessment consists of two assignments at 50% each.

Selection from

  • Essay,
  • Mock Job Application,
  • various Practical Exercises, and
  • Preliminary Literature Review
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element, capped

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Resubmission of failed coursework components usually permitted, but with mark capped at CGS D3/9.  Contact course coordinator.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

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