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Landscape: Integrated Research & Practice - Dissertation ARCH5087P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Sustained independent research on an integrated landscape research topic, leading to a substantial written dissertation.

Timetable

Independent study and regular supervision (typically fortnightly meetings).

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements:  Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

Dissertation of length 12000-15000 words

 

Reassessment

In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade C3 for postgraduate students.

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide students on the MSc in Landscape: Integrated Research & Practice programme with the opportunity to: 

■ develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of good research practice, incorporating problem identification, project design, data collection and analysis and the critical use of sources;

■ design, undertake and present a piece of original and independent research on a landscape research, practice or policy subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate advanced knowledge of a field of landscape research and/or practice and/or policy;

■ identify, evaluate and synthesise existing research, commentary and/or evidence relevant to a particular landscape or landscape problem;

■ plan and implement a sustained, focused and coherent research project relating to a particular landscape or to a particular issue of landscape research, practice and/or policy;

■ present cogently and coherently the results of their research in a scholarly fashion, with illustrations and other documentation as appropriate;

■ assess critically both the subject area covered and the character of their own contribution to it.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None