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Undergraduate Course: Geography Dissertation in Sustainable Development (GEGR10111)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe Geography dissertation in Sustainable Development, is an extended piece of independent, in-depth scholarship on a sustainable development topic with a clear geographical dimension (for students taking the Geography Pathway). The topic is largely of the students┐ own choosing, but must be approved by the Dissertation convenor and supervisor. The work should engage critically and analytically with the literature in the chosen field. Students will be expected to refine and extend their understanding of relevant concepts and theories introduced in the courses completed in years 1-3 of the degree. Students are further expected to demonstrate competence in a range of primary and secondary sources, and are expected to demonstrate appropriate referencing and bibliographic skills.

***This course is only available to MA Sustainable Development students***
Course description Supervisors for these dissertations will need to be found within Geography. The selection of supervisor will be made based on match with topic chosen, and availability of staff.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 392 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A. A 12,000 word dissertation will be due at a specified date (it will fall near the end of Semester 2) set by the School

B. Students are required to attend a set number of non-assessed Dissertation Sessions organised by the dissertations convenor. The sessions will provide general advice on dissertation questions, structure, research and tips. Sessions later in the year will be used by students to present their topics and receive feedback from other students.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. undertake sustained, independent work, drawing on one or more of the disciplinary fields in Geography;
  2. refine their abilities to engage critically and analytically with the significant literature in their chosen field of their specialist interest;
  3. employ relevant knowledge, concepts, theories and analytical approaches from their chosen field to formulate an extended argument;
  4. exercise and consolidate their time- and task-management, presentational, and self-motivational skills in the conduct, presentation, and time- and task-planning of their research scheduling;
  5. demonstrate attention to the relevant data analysis, referencing, and bibliographic conventions.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGeography,Sustainable Development
Course organiserDr Daniel Goldberg
Tel: (0131 6)50 2561
Course secretaryMiss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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