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SURV480 Research Project

A supervised project involving research and leading to the production of a research report.

The Research Project allows students the opportunity to choose a surveying theme of particular relevance, interest or concern for them, enabling further specialisation of their learning outcomes. The goal of the Research Project is to enhance a student's intellectual faculties and capability for learning and problem solving by researching a question relevant to any aspect of surveying. This is a goal that combines research as well as teaching and learning aims. This goal places responsibilities for its successful attainment on both students and supervisors. Being equivalent to a 36-point paper, it is expected that students will put in around 360 hours of work over the 30 weeks of the academic year on the research and completion of the written report (dissertation) associated with their research. The project equips students with experience in researching and writing up results and gives them valuable critical and analytical skills.

Please consult with potential supervisors as early as possible - preferably towards the end of your third year of study - to decide on an interesting and viable research topic.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code SURV480
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.2700
Points 36 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,118.42
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,938.00

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Restriction
SURV 481
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Students must seek approval from the Dean of the School of Surveying before enrolling in this paper.
Eligibility
Available only as an undergraduate paper

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
mick.strack@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Mick Strack
Lecturer: David Goodwin
Supervisor: As negotiated, with appropriate staff expertise
Paper Structure
Supervised research requiring the output of a written research proposal, an oral presentation of the completed research and a professionally written and presented report in the order of 10,000 to 15,000 words. Supervisors and co-supervisors depend largely on the research topic.
Teaching Arrangements
A series of lectures as an 'Introduction to Research' in conjunction with SURV 590

Regular meetings with your research supervisor.
Textbooks
There are no assigned textbooks, although these are particularly useful:
  • Babbie, E. 2010. The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth. USA
  • Blaikie, N. 2010. Designing Social research. polity Press. USA
  • Leedy, P.D. & Ormond, J.E. 2005. Practical Research: Planning and Design. Prentice Hall
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate the ability to
  • Formulate an academically acceptable programme of research
  • Organise and carry out a programme of research
  • Synthesise the results and grasp the bigger picture
  • Report on factual data and information, arguments and conclusions in a clear and concise manner

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

A supervised project involving research and leading to the production of a research report.

The Research Project allows students the opportunity to choose a surveying theme of particular relevance, interest or concern for them, enabling further specialisation of their learning outcomes. The goal of the Research Project is to enhance a student's intellectual faculties and capability for learning and problem solving by researching a question relevant to any aspect of surveying. This is a goal that combines research as well as teaching and learning aims. This goal places responsibilities for its successful attainment on both students and supervisors. Being equivalent to a 36-point paper, it is expected that students will put in around 360 hours of work over the 30 weeks of the academic year on the research and completion of the written report (dissertation) associated with their research. The project equips students with experience in researching and writing up results and gives them valuable critical and analytical skills.

Please consult with potential supervisors as early as possible - preferably towards the end of your third year of study - to decide on an interesting and viable research topic.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code SURV480
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.2700
Points 36 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
SURV 481
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Students must seek approval from the Dean of the School of Surveying before enrolling in this paper.
Eligibility
Available only as an undergraduate paper

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
mick.strack@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Mick Strack
Lecturer: David Goodwin
Supervisor: As negotiated, with appropriate staff expertise
Paper Structure
Supervised research requiring the output of a written research proposal, an oral presentation of the completed research and a professionally written and presented report in the order of 10,000 to 15,000 words. Supervisors and co-supervisors depend largely on the research topic.
Teaching Arrangements
A series of lectures as an 'Introduction to Research' in conjunction with SURV 590

Regular meetings with your research supervisor.
Textbooks
There are no assigned textbooks, although these are particularly useful:
  • Babbie, E. 2010. The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth. USA
  • Blaikie, N. 2010. Designing Social research. polity Press. USA
  • Leedy, P.D. & Ormond, J.E. 2005. Practical Research: Planning and Design. Prentice Hall
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate the ability to
  • Formulate an academically acceptable programme of research
  • Organise and carry out a programme of research
  • Synthesise the results and grasp the bigger picture
  • Report on factual data and information, arguments and conclusions in a clear and concise manner

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
B1 Friday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 15-22