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SD4297   Dissertation in Sustainable Development

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to Sustainable Development Honours students.

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This dissertation builds 3000-level research methods training and will demonstrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to key questions of sustainable development. This independent research will involve the review of relevant literatures, the application of rigorous methodologies, the collection of data as well as the appropriate analysis and interpretation of data. A final dissertation of not more than 10,000 words will comprise the primary mode of assessment but students will also participate in the Senior Honours Research Conference at which all students will present their work to members of the school. To support this learning students will be supervised by a member of staff and collective workshops on relevant skills such as oral presentation skills, approaches to scientific writing, and presenting data will also be offered. Students will also be invited to attend a dissertation away day at the beginning of the semester.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take SD3100 or take SG3201 or take SG3203 or take SG3204

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take SD4299

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 away day (8 hours), 2-hour skills workshops (x4), up to 10 hours individual supervision, by arrangement with supervisor, student research conference (4 hours)

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 270

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework (10,000-word dissertation = 95%, oral or poster presentation a student research conference = 5%) = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 5%
Coursework: 95%

Re-assessment: 10,000-word Dissertation = 100%

Personnel

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