REMRDM-Dissertation Methods

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
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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 the consideration of a substantive research or business 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. The module aims to equip students to undertake either the Dissertation module or the Business Analysis Project module. Students will understand the philosophical bases of research in the social sciences and be aware of the linkages between theory, data, analysis and interpretation and of the role and impact of the researcher in the research process. A core aim of the module is to enable students’ to develop their ability to review research critically and rigorously, reinforcing the methodological principles taught in the module.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•The ability to source and reference material on a topic of student’s choice for the dissertation or business analysis project.
•The ability to assess and critically appraise alternatives on the topic for research/analysis.
•The application of cognitive skills including analysis and argument in justifying the choice of the topic
•The ability to identify a wide range of different research methods relevant to conducting social sciences research and critical business analysis.
•To place current research practices in the wider context of the philosophies of social sciences.
•The ability to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research methods.
•The application of written and oral presentation skills so as to be able to present a topic for research for academic and professional scrutiny

Additional outcomes:
oThe acquisition of time-management skills
oTo source information and employ information technology
oTo acquire the basic skill of using bibliographic information management software

Outline content:
Students will be introduced to the principles and requirements of research at postgraduate level. With their final dissertation topic in mind, students will be encouraged to discuss, comment on, and further their familiarity with research techniques, including project design, data collection, desk-based study, data handling, approach to data analysis, presentation, and the formulation of conclusions. The student will, with appropriate guidance from the module conveners, select a topic of interest to them and of academic/professional relevance within the rural property and business sphere.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a series of lectures and discussion-based classes in the autumn and spring terms covering research methods and dissertation/project methodology, to introduce students to research requirements and criteria, and to discuss suitable topics for study. Students will be expected to give presentations of their proposals and findings.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 8
Tutorials 2 2
Guided independent study 40 40
       
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Methodology (10 credits): Written research proposal, including a literature review (70%), Oral presentation on the research/business project proposal (30%).

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 work during the Spring Term

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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