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Module Code: BNV403
Module Title: Dissertation
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 20.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Urban Planning and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module is a six-month research project on a particular aspect of urban design of the student’s choice. Students can choose between a primarily written or primarily design-focused dissertation. The module will introduce research methods applicable to built environment research and offer other skills relevant to the development of a dissertation such as developing research questions and proposals, conducting exploration and research, structurin
Learning outcomes 
A Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify research resources to set and explore a relevant research question critically, and in relation to their dissertation.

B Concisely and creatively structure and formulate knowledge, findings and conclusions to produce a clear, logically argued and original (written or design) research project in compliance with academic conventions.

C Manage an independent research project and demonstrate the ability to think and work independently, showing self-motivation, self-direction, and originality in problem solving.

D Manage a comprehensive range of visual, oral, and written media and methods to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain research findings effectively, to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a professional manner.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module aims to foster in-depth and independent research, within a framework developed with the module instructor and faculty advisors. At the end of coursework (end of year 1 for full-time students, end of year 2 for part-time students) students are expected to have defined a project theme and secured a faculty supervisor. Formal lectures and tutorials at the beginning of the 6 month dissertation period of study will cover concepts and methods of work. There will be regular meetings and consultations with advisors, library work, field work, studio work (for design-based dissertations), interim reports and presentations, and final presentations. For primarily design-focused dissertations, students will have support from urban design studio faculty in project development, design process, the studio work environment, and representation and presentation.
Each student project should have the elements of research, design, realization, and evaluation.

Topics are initiated by the student and discussed and approved by faculty.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 8    52      540  600 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Progress Report 10.00
2 Presentation/Defense 20.00
3 Written Or Design Thesis 70.00

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