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DEMO3011 Project/Dissertation

Module Overview

The BSc dissertation project is designed to allow students to do an in-depth study of an area in demography that they are particularly interested in, and to enable them to demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired throughout their undergraduate career. Projects can take several forms, including a quantitative exploration or analysis of demographic data; a case study of a society or population; an application of a particular demographic technique; or the analysis of a particular demographic phenomenon in a given country or region. In the course of the BSc project and preparing the dissertation, the students are expected to develop the following cognitive skills: independent thought, devising appropriate methods of analysis, data collection and interpretation, clarity of argument, understanding of the chosen topic area, and presentation of technical information.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The project is designed to allow you to do an in depth study of an area in demography that you are particularly interested in, and to enable you to demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired throughout your undergraduate career. Projects can take several forms, including a quantitative exploration or analysis of demographic data; a case study of a society or population; an application of a particular demographic technique; or the analysis of a particular demographic phenomenon in a given country or region.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce an independently conducted piece of demographic research.
  • Gain expertise on a particular topic of study.
  • Obtain information from a variety of sources, evaluate it critically and discriminate between useful and less useful information
  • Construct clear, detailed, and logical arguments.

Syllabus

Taught part: - Getting started with the dissertation: research question, project and planning - Contents of a dissertation: outline and main sections - Your dissertations: background, aims and research methods - The final stage: completing and submitting your work - Tentative results: Presentations to the Social Statistics staff Independent study part: - Individual, supervised work on the project and dissertation

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study300
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Levin, P. (2005). Excellent Dissertations. 

Flowerdew, R. and Martin, D. (eds) (2005). Methods in Human Geography: A Guide for Students Doing a Research Project. 

Other. Access to secondary sources of demographic data, books, journal articles, web sites and other sources of related information. Other than that, no special resources required for this module.

Weyers J. and McMillan K (2009). How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (10000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (10000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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