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SD3100   Methodologies for Sustainable Development

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures - 14:.00 - 17:00 Tuesdays

This module prepares students to undertake final year dissertation research. This module builds on the research methods explored in other SD honours modules. Students will learn about how to design and execute a research project, how to situate research questions in the broader agenda of Sustainable Development and within appropriate interdisciplinary literatures. A group research project provides the opportunity to apply this learning in a fieldwork setting. Students taking this module will understand the wider epistemological debates surrounding interdisciplinary, know how to define problems and form tractable research questions as well as how to design rigorous methodologies to answer these questions. By the end of the module each student will have developed a research proposal suitable for a final year dissertation project.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Students require 30 credits in sd modules at 3000- or 4000-level. Before taking this module you must take SD2002

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take SG3201 or take SG3202 or take SG3203 or take SG3204 or take GG3201

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar (x 7 weeks); 1 x 3-hour practical (x 3 weeks); residential field work (x 3 days)

Scheduled learning hours: 57

Guided independent study hours: 252

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr R M White
Module teaching staff: Team taught