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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Carbon Management (online) (PGGE11218)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course translates the dissertation element of conventional MSc programmes for online provision. It constitutes a core course for the online PG Certificate in Applied Carbon Methods.
Course description The University defines the dissertation as 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 and time available.

The dissertation should be distinct from earlier assessed work by the greater depth of comprehension and criticism demonstrated. Equally, 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. The point is that it must have a clear focus with definable objectives and boundaries, achievable in the time and word length available.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (Online) (PGGE11189) AND Climate Change Mitigation (online) (PGGE11207) AND Climate Change & Corporate Responsibility (online) (PGGE11213) AND Carbon Economics (online) (PGGE11219) AND Climate Change Measurement (online) (PGGE11220) AND Energy & Climate (online) (PGGE11216) AND Applied Carbon Methods (online) (PGGE11217)
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) - 100% Dissertation

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and reflect critically on relevant up-to-date literature, research reports and other scholarly evidence with specific reference to the research process chosen
  2. Collect and analyse evidence, justifying the approaches and techniques used, and identifying the implications of these decisions
  3. Critically examine the contribution and limitations of the study undertaken in theoretical and applied terms
  4. Present work which engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing
Reading List
Not Applicable.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf David Reay
Tel: (0131 6)50 7722
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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