GEOG40950 Research Design II

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will structure your progression on your dissertation work. Unlike other modules, there are limited formal lectures but you are required to work with your supervisor to ensure you are making consistent progress. As noted in the Masters module handbook, you are responsible for taking control of your research and organising meetings with your supervisor. There will be a number of introductory lectures in the early weeks of the term covering key skills development topics, but you will primarily be engaged in independent research. Engagement in the module consists of attending a small number of skills-development classes AND documented structured meetings with your supervisor.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students should have:
1. Enhanced project management and time management skills, including developing a detailed project plan;
2. Developed more critical and analytical thinking and expression through high-level written and oral presentation skills;
3. Made significant conceptual and written progress on their dissertation.

Indicative Module Content:

Research ethics
Literature review writing
Presentation of academic research project

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Project Supervision




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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: A 2,500 assignment will be set by your supervisor and require you to undertake a discrete piece of work to help the development of your dissertation. Week 10 n/a Graded No


Presentation: You will be required to make a 7-8 minute progress report on your dissertation topic that demonstrates significant development since the presentation in trimester 1. Week 8 n/a Graded 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 Christine Bonnin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Geoff Boyce Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Kath Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alma Clavin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Arlene Crampsie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Colman Gallagher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Ainhoa Gonzalez Del Campo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Alun Jones Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Julien Mercille Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Gerald Mills Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tobi Morakinyo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tine Ningal Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Dean Phelan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Rosana Pinheiro-Machado Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jonathan Turner Lecturer / Co-Lecturer