GEOG40950 Research Design II

Academic Year 2022/2023

Research Design 2 follows Research Design 1. It provides students with more training on ethics, and time to work on their own research project with their supervisor. It is a module largely focused on students’ independent work towards their Masters thesis and as such is different from regular modules which are driven by lectures/seminars. This module must be used to progress work on your Masters thesis.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students should have:
• Learned about the academic ethics process.
• Practiced presentation skills.
• Progressed their own research project.

Indicative Module Content:

Research ethics
Literature review writing
Presentation of academic research project

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Project Supervision


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a student-led module which requires active /task-based learning. Assessments require critical writing and reflective learning which facilitates the steady progress of their thesis dissertation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Presentation of thesis work to date. Week 8 n/a Graded No


Essay: Write a thesis chapter (4000 words). Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Ethics form completion Week 6 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback throughout the module.

Name Role
Dr Jeremy Auerbach Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Arlene Crampsie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Julien Mercille Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 12:00 - 13:50