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

    The Research Project provides students with 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 paper that combines research as well as teaching and learning aims. It also places responsibilities for its successful attainment on both students and supervisors. Being 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Project
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.2668
    Points 36 points
    Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
    1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 20 June 2025) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,412.41
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SURV 481
    Schedule C
    Students must seek approval from the Dean of the School of Surveying before enrolling in this paper.

    Available only as an undergraduate paper.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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    School of Surveying

    Teaching staff

    To be confirmed.

    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.

    Teaching Arrangements

    A series of lectures as an 'Introduction to Research' in conjunction with SURV 590.

    Regular meetings with your research supervisor.

    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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22

    1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 20 June 2025)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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