REMP22-Planning Dissertation

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes

Email: r.j.nunes@henley.reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module provides a vehicle for an in-depth understanding of a chosen area of planning practice. Depending on the student's interest, probably based on their choice of development planning option, this major study paper will require them to select a relevant topic or issue in that area for further research and analysis. However, they also will be specifically required to display academic rigour in carrying out an agreed research programme, in presenting findings, and in producing a high quality, fully referenced dissertation that is supported by appropriate statistical, qualitative and 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 the topic and the 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;
•Set out a presentation and analysis of the research material including, if appropriate, the relevant quantitative and statistical data; and
•Put forward a generalisation of the findings leading to conclusions and implications for policy or research.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop their written communication and presentational skills.

Outline content:
Autumn Term (Research Methods 1 and 2 modules)
•Introductory tutorials with the Dissertation Co-ordinator;
•Research Methods lectures, workshops and tutorials; and
•Preparation of research proposal and methodology.

Spring and Summer Term / Vacation
•Submission of research proposal/allocation of supervisor;
•Main empirical work on dissertation;
•Tutorials with supervisor; and
•Submission of final dissertation (early-September).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The contact time for the dissertation consists of introductory group lectures, workshops and tutorials, as well as individual supervision. Research Methods I and Research Methods 2 will assist students in writing a research proposal. Supervisors also provide methods advice and support during the Spring and Summer terms and, where appropriate, during the vacation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7
Practicals classes and workshops 13
Guided independent study 40 50 190
       
Total hours by term 60.00 50.00 190.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Regular supervisory meetings

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable.

Requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this 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):
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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