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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation - Ecological Economics (PGGE11006)

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
SummaryEach student will conduct an individual project on a subject chosen in consultation with the programme director and a prospective supervisor. It may take the form of a scientific experiment, a literature review or any other exercise approved by the programme director.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, 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 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% Proposal (max 5,000 words)

Due Date: 31st March 2021

80% Dissertation (10k word paper + 3k max discussion contextualizing the research within the field of Ecological Economics)
o 80% of the dissertation mark comes from the content
o 10% comes from the professionalism with which the student engaged with the research process (e.g. leading the project, being proactive, keeping their supervisor up to date, dealing with research process, finding training, initiating meetings, managing time, etc.)
o 10% comes from professionalism of presentation (as per a checklist)

Due Date: First Thursday in August 2021

10% Lay audience communication piece (2k words max, marked using a specific rubric)

Due Date: First Thursday in August 2021

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Design a research project to answer a question of their choosing that is relevant to the field of Ecological Economics
  2. Implement an independent research project, taking the lead on all aspects of project delivery (e.g. time management, ethics, data management, data analysis, presentation)
  3. Present their research to an academic audience in the form of an academic journal article
  4. Contextualise their research in the wider field of Ecological Economics for an academic audience
  5. Communicate the implications of their research to a wider lay/policy audience using non-academic forms of communication (e.g. policy/research brief, podcast, white board animation, video short, infographic, etc.)
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Course organiserMs Corinne Baulcomb
Tel: (0131) 535 4031
Course secretaryMrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198
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