• SSPL9056
  • Dissertation MSc

  • Credits (ECTS): 25
  • Spatial Planning and Transport

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Module Description

This is a self directed learning module which is reported in a dissertation between 15,000 and 20,000 words ? often based on a work- placement that is part of the dissertation module The module will be supplemented by a number of lectures on research and report writing skills. It will also include attendance at a Current Issues Conference and associated workshop to familiarize the candidate with the most current thinking on the topic prior to selection of a topic. The dissertation will be an original piece of work by the student on a topic relevant to the theme of Sustainable Development and is a mandatory requirement for the award of a masters degree.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an opportunity to work in a self-directed and self-motivated approach and to use the knowledge acquired in the taught modules and work placement in an applied manner. This allows the student, with the support of an assigned supervisor, to specialize on a topic which may be of particular interest. This module also aims to encourage students to develop a commitment for independent research. The work placement element provides the student with access to practical problems and issues so that research can take place within the context of contemporary approaches and specialisms.

Indicative Syllabus

Collect and analyze data to inform the problem and/or hypothesis
Conduct a review of relevant literature
Draw conclusion and propose recommendations on the basis of this evaluation
Evaluate the results achieved within the context of the relevant literature
Formulate a Research question based upon Seminars and [usually] work placement experience
Prepare and present a statement of the problem and/or hypothesis
Select a quantitative or qualitative paradigm
Selected students will be invited to present the findings of their research at an annual Current Issues Conference
The subject matter of the dissertation includes the elements the student will have completed as indicated above as well as the following indicative elements:

Co-requisite Modules

Title Code
Progress & Placement SSPL9057

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