REMDISS40-Real Estate and Planning Dissertation

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

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, this independent study requires students to select a relevant topic or issue in their programme area for further research and analysis. They will also 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/or 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 topic, motivation and 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; 

  • present an analysis of the research material including, if appropriate, the relevant quantitative and statistical data; 

  • put forward a discussion of the findings leading to conclusions and implications for policy and research. 

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop an understanding of the research process and the main challenges encountered in undertaking an independent study. Skills regarding the application of a theoretical model to practical questions, and the preparation and production of the study will be improved. 

Outline content:

  • Week 20 - Why research – with intro to dissertation modules 

  • Week 21 - Intro to qualitative methods 

  • Week 22 - Intro to quantitative methods 

  • Week 23 - How to write a literature review, styling your argument 

  • Week 24 - Academic misconduct, and ethics compliance and data management 

  • Week 26 -?Participatory methods 

  • Week 27 -?Relational stats and regressions (intermediary) 

  • Week 28 - Survey design, including empirical sampling 

  • Week 29 - Interviews 

  • Week 30 - Document and discourse analysis 

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 dissertation. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Seminars 2
Practicals classes and workshops 16
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 13 50
    Wider reading (directed) 5 10
    Carry-out research project 150
    Dissertation writing 150
Total hours by term 20 80 300
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Not applicable.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  • Individual research proposal (Spring; Pass/Fail) – Week 25 (Rural Land and Business Management; Urban Planning and Development); Week 30 (Real Estate; Real Estate and Finance); 

  • Dissertation at a word guide of 10,000 words – Submission will be on Monday 31 August 2020.

Formative assessment methods:

  • Individual research proposal (Spring; Pass/Fail). 

  • 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: 29 April 2019


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