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: RE2PREP Projects in Real Estate and Planning (2)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Dobson

Email: m.e.dobson@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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.

This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia.


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:

• conduct a literature review;

• select the appropriate research methodology;

• present results so as to be able to formulate defensible conclusions; and

• support an argument with citations.


Additional outcomes:

Study of a relevant subject in greater depth than is normally possible elsewhere in the programme. 


Outline content:

• End of Summer term of Part 2: Module Briefing.

• Summer vacation of Part 2: Begin topic selection process.

• Autumn term: Research methods training; conduct literature review; submit dissertation proposal.

• Spring term: Source and analyse data; write up dissertation.

• Summer term: Final submission.


Global context:

Students have significant choice in terms of their topic and so can orientate their research towards a global context, if they so wish.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Guided independent study is the main teaching and learning method for the dissertation. Students opting for the module will be briefed at the end of the Summer term of Part 2 and asked to begin thinking about topic ideas over the Summer vacation. Topic ideas will be developed with the Module convenor and potentially also prospective Supervisors during the Autumn term.

Support for topic selection will involve briefing / tutorial sessions and more focussed research methods training delivered in a range of formats including via online methods, during the Autumn term. 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 6 2
Seminars 2
Tutorials 2
Project Supervision 10
Practicals classes and workshops 2 2
Guided independent study:      
    Preparation for tutorials 2
    Preparation for seminars 4
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 12
    Dissertation writing 170 186
       
Total hours by term 200 198 2
       
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

None


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

10,000 word dissertation submitted in week 1 of Summer term (of Part 3).


Formative assessment methods:

Dissertation proposal (unassessed) submitted at the end of Autumn term (of Part 3).



 


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.


Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass mark for the module is 40%.


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of Dissertation.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 28 August 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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