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MAR8096 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor D John Mangan
  • Lecturer: Dr Paul Stott
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0
European Credit Transfer System


A1. To undertake advanced research on an appropriate shipping or logistics related topic working largely alone,
and to present in a structured form the results of that research. The research may take the form of a
critical review, a computational study, an experimental investigation, or some combination thereof.
A2. To acquire knowledge in a specified topic, possibly outside the scope of the taught modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

In agreement with the module leader and supervisor the student will complete the following:
- Selection of topic for study
- Proposal Development
- Literature Review of study subject area
- Conduct primary or secondary research
- Analysis and interpretation of information
- Draft Dissertation
- Completion and presentation of dissertation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Lecture by Library staff on use of databases and literature search strategies.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1547:00547:00Dissertation (Research)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Videos on library/literature search skills
Guided Independent StudyProject work1240:00240:00Dissertation (write up)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Workshops will explain the diss process and help students identify & refine research topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Workshop in an IT cluster to practice use of library databases.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00Supervisory Meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The MSc Shipping and Logistics taught modules provide an extended introduction to the discourses, methodologies and approaches relevant to shipping and logistics. At the point of embarking upon the dissertation, each individual student is allocated an appropriate supervisor who can offer advice with regard to inception and planning through to carrying out, analysing (ISO1-ISO8, IKO1) and writing up the results of the investigation (ISO9-ISO11, IKO1-IKO2).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M20Research proposal and literature review
Dissertation3M70Maximum 10,000 words inclusive of prelims, updated literature review, all other chapters, references and appendices.
Oral Examination3M1010 (maximum) powerpoint slides and oral presentation and Q&A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes described in IKO1, IKO2 and ISO1-ISO11.

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