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GEO3099 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Stuart Dawley
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To allow students to undertake original research in any aspect of Geography
2. To foster an ability to undertake independent research and writing to see a complex project through from start to finish.
3. To support the personal and academic development of Geography students, by providing an ongoing personalised point of contact

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will attend monthly (group and individual meetings) with their dissertation mentors/personal tutors to discuss the progress of their dissertation project as well stage 3 experience more broadly and any pastoral matters.

Lectures and computer workshops throughout the year will address specific aspects of the dissertation project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00Lectures about dissertation process, including induction lecture about stage 3 and employability talk
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Workshops to support GIS and quant methods
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1378:00378:00Individual work on dissertation project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Monthly group and individual meetings about dissertation progress, including personal tutoring discussions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught through a mixture of lectures, group and individual meetings and computer workshops The lectures provide the basic scaffolding about the dissertation project (eg how to analyse data, how to write-up the various chapters of a dissertation) but also broader developmental points related to pastoral care and employability. Monthly meetings with mentors who also act as personal tutors provide the bespoke guidance students need to develop various stages of their project and also serve as points of contact to discuss pastoral matters and more broadly students' personal and professional development. Computer workshops provide bespoke support for those undertaking and quantitative and GIS-based dissertation, as student feedback in recent years has indicted that this extra support is needed. Overall, contact hours are set to balance support with the requirements of an independent project. In line with the requirement for independent learning, students will also be encouraged to recognize when they need additional support and contact staff - the hours listed represent the minimum contact, but most students exceed this, making use of FGC hours.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M1008,000-10,000 words expectation (10,000 words maximum)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MDraft chapter of dissertation 0% weighted (formative feedback only)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Dissertation project is the summation of the student's efforts in undertaking an original research project of their own conception and design. The Dissertation will demonstrate how the students have formulated their research topic, situated them in the appropriate literature, developed a conceptual framework and methodology, undertaken research, analysed, interpreted and discussed findings, drawn conclusions and delivered a well-written, well- presented report to the appropriate academic standard. In line with the ethos of balancing support and independent learning, the draft chapter submission offers formative feedback to students, which will feed-forward to improve their final dissertation.

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