REMDISS40-Real Estate and Planning Dissertation

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2022/3

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.? 


The Real Estate and Planning Dissertation module provides a vehicle for an in-depth understanding of a chosen area of planning, real estate, and rural land and business management practice. Depending on the student's interest, the aim of this module is to enable 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 later refined with an assigned 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:

Students will develop an understanding of the research process and the main challenges encountered in undertaking an independent study. Students also have an opportunity to study a relevant subject in greater depth than is normally possible elsewhere in the programme.

Outline content:


  • Introduction to the research process

  • Literature reviews and styling academic arguments

  • Research design and ethics

  • Introductions to qualitative and quantitative research methods

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The contact time for the dissertation consists of one introductory lecture and practical classes on research methods in the Autumn term, 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 dissertatio n. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 40
    Carry-out research project 20 160
    Dissertation writing 160
Total hours by term 0 80 320
Total hours for module 400

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 10,000 words – Submission will be early September 2023.

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 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):

Printing and binding

Travel, accommodation and subsistence


Last updated: 22 September 2022


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