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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Sustainable Resource Management (METE11001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course allows students the opportunity to study in some depth a research topic of their own choosing that is of particular interest to them and useful in their future careers.
Course description The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which students have the opportunity to study in some depth a topic (largely) of their own choosing. In practice, the subject will be chosen iteratively on the basis of students' own interests, what relevant staff are able to supervise, and what is feasible given the literature, resources and time available.

The dissertation should be distinct from earlier assessed work by the greater depth of comprehension and criticism demonstrated. Equally, of course, students are not expected to undertake the exhaustive scale of literature review or empirical work typical of a research degree. The dissertation may vary in the breadth of coverage. Since the time available for this work is short, it is not expected that the dissertation should report notable or original contributions to knowledge, but it is hoped that this may be an additional outcome. The point is that it must have a clear focus with definable objectives and boundaries, achievable in the time and word length available.

The exact format of the dissertation will vary from case to case depending on the work done. It may take the form of a management report, field work, an experiment, an opinion survey, a literature review or any other exercise approved by the Programme Director. Its objective is to provide the student with an opportunity for demonstrating his or her competence in the chosen area of study. Please note that examiners mark for quality and not quantity of written work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 573 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Feedback Standardised dissertation feedback form employed.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. successfully plan and execute an independent research project
  2. write up research findings in a logical and coherent manner
  3. transfer acquired research and investigative techniques to other circumstances
  4. use enhanced communication and deduction skills
  5. apply knowledge and skills acquired in other parts of the programme to this endeavour
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Ron Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7163
Course secretaryMiss Susie Crocker
Tel: (0131 6)51 7126
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