RE3DIS-Dissertation

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Summer / Autumn / Spring module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: RE3ISP Independent Study Paper
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Street

Email: e.j.street@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The aim of this module is to permit a student to conduct a substantial, and in parts original, research study on a relevant topic selected by the student in consultation with the module convenor and a specific supervisor.

Aims:
The aim of this module is to permit a student to conduct a substantial, and in parts original, research study on a relevant topic selected by the student in consultation with the module convenor and a specific supervisor.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
understand the social science research process including:
•how to conduct a literature review
•how to select the appropriate research methodology
•how to present results so as to be able to formulate defensible conclusions
•how to support an argument with citations.

Additional outcomes:
Study of a relevant subject in greater depth than is normally possible in the degree.

Outline content:
End of Summer Term of Part 2: Research Briefing, formulation of work programme
Summer Vacation of Part 2: Begin topic selection process
Autumn Term: Research methods training; Conduct literature review; Present dissertation proposal.
Spring Term: Source and analyse data; Write up project.
Summer Term: Final submission.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Guided independent study. A topic is chosen by the student at the end of the Summer term of Part 2 and agreed and developed with the Module convenor. Support for topic selection will involve briefing sessions and more focussed research methods training delivered in lecture and workshop format. Following the production of a research proposal, a more specialist Supervisor will mentor the student to completion of the study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12 2 1
Project Supervision 10 10
Guided independent study 178 178 9
       
Total hours by term 200.00 190.00 10.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Dissertation proposal presentations will take place towards the end of Autumn term providing an opportunity for formative feedback.
Dissertation submission in the Summer Term of Part 3 between 8,000 - 10,000 words.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of Dissertation.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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