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BSc Geography and Geology
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BSc Geography and Geology

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Geography/Geology Dissertation

Unit code EART30991
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The dissertation accounts for 30% of your Level 3 mark for Joint Honours Geography/Geology and therefore is one of the most important independent pieces of work you will undertake during your course at Manchester.

Pre/co-requisites

NONE

Aims

The dissertation aims to develop and test a number of your ability to: • Design an independent research project • Define reasonable aims, objectives in the light of background information presented • Make appropriate observations and measurements in the field and/or collate information from published and/or manuscript sources pertinent to stated aims and objectives • Employ, relevant laboratory, quantitative and cartographic analytical techniques • Present information and ideas in a literate form using appropriate illustrations and without mixing data with discussion • Critically integrate and evaluate all your data in the light of other published work • Make reasonable conclusions from the data and background information that are relevant to your original aims and objectives, recognise that uncertainty is present within your dataset (in terms of sampling scale, analytical techniques, and appropriateness of analytical techniques) in the light of related published work

Assessment methods

Assessment and feedback methods

 The module is assessed as follows:

 1)  You must submit your data set for examination by the Programme Director by the end of    week 1 in semester 1 (Friday 29th September, 2017).  This is worth 2% of the mark and is on a Pass/Fail basis.   Feedback is by discussion with your dissertation supervisor/adviser.

2)  An electronic version of the completed dissertation must be submitted via Turnitin, on the EART 30991 Blackboard site, by noon on Monday January 29th, 2018 (first day of semester 2).  The dissertation will be double-marked, one marker from each School, and one of whom will be a specialist in your topic area.  In case of a disparity, a third marker will be used.  Marks (and therefore feedback) are not issued until after the Examination Boards in June, in line with SEAES marking policy.

Feedback methods

Assessment and feedback methods

 The module is assessed as follows:

 1)  You must submit your data set for examination by the Programme Director by the end of    week 1 in semester 1 (Friday 29th September, 2017).  This is worth 2% of the mark and is on a Pass/Fail basis.   Feedback is by discussion with your dissertation supervisor/adviser.

2)  An electronic version of the completed dissertation must be submitted via Turnitin, on the EART 30991 Blackboard site, by noon on Monday January 29th, 2018 (first day of semester 2).  The dissertation will be double-marked, one marker from each School, and one of whom will be a specialist in your topic area.  In case of a disparity, a third marker will be used.  Marks (and therefore feedback) are not issued until after the Examination Boards in June, in line with SEAES marking policy.

 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Nudds Unit coordinator

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