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Unit information: Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Geography) in 2020/21

Unit name Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Geography)
Unit code GEOG30007
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Tranos
Open unit status Not open

Conducting a Research Project using secondary data (UNIV2NEW7)



School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to undertake and report on a piece of original and individual disciplinary research on a topic of their own choosing but requiring the use of quantitative methods. It allows students to demonstrate their skills in topic selection, in investigating the background context of their chosen topic, in research design and implementation, in data analysis, interpretation and presentation, and in report writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to plan and undertake a research project of relevance to their discipline and demonstrating proficiency in the use of quantitative research methods.

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through a blended combination of online and, if possible, in-person teaching, including

  • introductory guidance materials
  • synchronous group workshops, seminars, tutorials and/or office hours
  • independent study supported by guidance from dissertation supervisor

Assessment Details

10,000 word Project Report 100%

Reading and References

  • Thomas G, 2013, How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences. London: Sage.
  • White P, 2008, Developing Research Questions: A Guide for Social Scientists. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan