REMRDISS-Rural Dissertation

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: REMBAP Business Analysis Project
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mrs Angela Cropley

Email: a.cropley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to develop students' research and analytical skills and to apply them to a substantive research project of a student’s (guided) choice. This module will enhance the students' ability to utilise the knowledge, understanding and skills developed previously across the whole programme, integrating this in the context of the particular study undertaken.

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

• Assemble a literature review on a given topic which provides a synthesis and
critical analysis of the relevant literature.
• Understand the main methodological questions concerning research in management and the social sciences.
• Appreciate the different main approaches towards the integration of theory into a research project.
• Assess the suitability and usefulness of alternative sources of data for the analysis of research questions.
• Compose a research proposal outlining a research project suitable for a masters level dissertation.
• Produce an original dissertation, which critically analyses a particular research question and examines this question using appropriate data and methodology.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop an understanding of the research process and the main challenges encountered in undertaking a research project. Their skills with regard to organising and executing such a project will be enhanced. Skills regarding the collection and analysis of data, the surveying and synthesis of existing literature on a topic, the application of theoretical models to practical questions, and the preparation and production of substantial reports will also be improved. They will develop the skills to conduct research and write up their results independently. They will also be able to produce a structured research proposal and an original dissertation.

Outline content:
The student will, with appropriate guidance from the module convener, select a topic of interest to them and of academic/professional relevance within the rural property and business sphere. The topic will need the approval of the module convenor. At this point the module convenor will enlist the help of other academic members of the course team with specialist knowledge of, or interest in, the particular field, to act as dissertation supervisors. All students will be allocated a supervisor who will act as academic guide and provide support to the student.

Each student will complete a research proposal and literature review, consistent with the principles of research design, in the Autumn term. Each student will complete a written presentation of their dissertation in the summer period (40 credits).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module follows on from, and draws on, research skills and ideas developed in the autumn term. Students are required to apply the skills learned during the lectures and workshops to the development of an actual research project, for which they will produce a 10-12,000 word dissertation. Students are expected to commence any fieldwork necessary in the Spring term.

The summer term will be devoted to the completion of the research element and the writing-up stage of the thesis. Each student will be allocated a further four hours of individual tutorial support in the summer, with further support being available by negotiation with the module convenor and allocated supervisor, as deemed necessary and appropriate in each case.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 1 3 4
Guided independent study 92 300
       
Total hours by term 1.00 95.00 304.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Dissertation (40 credits), 10-12,000 words

Formative assessment methods:

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
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:
Re-submission 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: Students are expected to pay for printing three copies of the dissertation and for binding of those copies. Costs are expected to be in the region of £15-20 per copy. One copy may be collected by the student after the final Examinations Board.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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