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
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Construct clear, detailed, and logical arguments.
- 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
- 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
Teaching and learning methods
Students will have a supervisor appointed to them to guide them through the project. Meetings will take place either face to face or online depending on situation re COVID-19.
There will be 5 seminars, led by the co-ordinator at intervals during the academic year including sessions where students present their ongoing work. These will either take place face to face or online.
|Total study time||300|
Resources & Reading list
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.
Flowerdew, R. and Martin, D. (eds) (2005). Methods in Human Geography: A Guide for Students Doing a Research Project. Harlow.
Weyers J. and McMillan K (2009). How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports. London.
Levin, P. (2005). Excellent Dissertations. Berkshire.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External