REMDISS30-Spatial Planning Dissertation

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module brings together teaching and learning across the programme, incorporating taught and assessed research methods. 


This Spatial Planning Dissertation module provides a vehicle for an independent study of a chosen area of planning practice.  Depending on the student's interest, this study requires students to select a relevant topic or issue in their programme area for further research and analysis. They will also be specifically required to agree a research programme with their allocated supervisor, applying skills and knowledge acquired on the programme to their project in an integrated manner. Students will be expected to present the findings of their research in a fully referenced dissertation that is supported by appropriate statistical, qualitative and/or illustrative data.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

• Provide an introduction, setting out topic, motivation and approach, and guiding the reader as to the content of the substantive chapters to come;

• Establish a conceptual/theoretical context and provide a review of the work already done in the particular field;

• Present an analysis of the research material including, if appropriate, the relevant quantitative and statistical data; and

• Put forward a discussion of the findings leading to conclusions and implications for policy or research.

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop an understanding of the research process and the main challenges encountered

in undertaking an independent study. The skills regarding the application of a theoretical model to practical questions, and the preparation and production of the study will be improved.

Outline content:

??• The nature and role of methodology in real estate and planning research;

• Introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods;

• The literature review process and the composition of a literature review;

• Framing research, and the role and application of theory;

• Data collection, analysis and writing-up research findings, including ethics and academic misconduct, data management, health/safety considerations and copyright.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The contact time for the dissertation consists of one introductory lecture in the Autumn, and practical classes on research methods, and one to one supervision over the Spring and Summer terms. Students are:

  • Expected to participate in lectures and practical classes, and to work independently on their research project.

  • Encouraged to apply the skills learned during these sessions to the development of a final dissertation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 99 80 100
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Not applicable

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Dissertation at a word limit of 8,000 words (+/-10%). Submission will be Monday 2nd September 2019.

Formative assessment methods:

Regular supervisory meetings during the Spring and Summer terms.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass mark for the module is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 September 2018


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