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    Paper title A Research Topic in Geography
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.3333
    Points 40 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
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    Teaching staff

    Supervisor: Each student will be supervised by a member of staff most relevant to the proposed area of research.

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    Paper Structure

    GEOG 470 has four primary objectives:

    1. To identify a specific topic relevant to your degree programme, and your particular field on interest. The topic might be an applied one (more typically for BAppSc students) or more theoretically based (more typically for PGDipArts/Science students). It is likely to have New Zealand and international relevance and normally this will be reflected in the report
    2. To identify an aim for your research based on one or more of the following, in discussion with your supervisor
      • Critical review of a current debate in a particular discipline or sub-discipline
      • Investigate the current understanding of an issue or problem (with critical analysis)
      • Current management approaches to an issue or problem
      • Practical options for dealing with an issue or problem (tools, techniques etc.)
    3. To use secondary sources (research literature, plus other substantive documentary sources such as official reports etc
    4. To produce a review paper, properly referenced, with relevant supporting material (graphics, tables, etc.)

    This paper is 100% internally assessed - (the requirement of GEOG470 is one written assignment of no more than 7500 words worth 100% of the final grade).

    Teaching Arrangements

    Postgraduate seminars, offered by the School of Geography, are relevant to the research process and are designed with GEOG 470 students in mind. Attendance at these seminars is compulsory.


    To use secondary sources (research literature, plus other substantive documentary sources such as official reports etc.) to conduct your research project.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course it is intended that you should be:

    1. Experienced and skilled in the preparation and presentation of a written research report
    2. Experienced and skilled in using published literature to identify, understand and critically evaluate a particular issue or problem


    Full Year

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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