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GEOG495 Master's Thesis Preparation

Full Year, 40 points (FY)

Coordination: Postgraduate Committee

The purpose of this graduate level course is to help prepare first year MA and MSc students for thesis research. The course is designed to start and monitor your research programme. To do this, students will be assigned to an individual supervisor in your topic area who will provide expert advice and guidance specific to each sub-discipline. Running in parallel will be a series of seminars designed to help you prepare for writing and presenting your thesis proposal. The seminars are run by different members of the Department of Geography and are compulsory for GEOG495 students. When attending these seminars, your thoughts, questions, discussion and arguments are highly encouraged. We hope you find this course useful in preparing to undertake your graduate thesis research and that the skills you learn will serve you well in your future endeavours.

GEOG495 is predominantly based around your relationship with an individual supervisor (see choosing a potential supervisor). You will be expected to meet regularly with your supervisor throughout the course where they will advise on the structure, organisation and presentation of your project.

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Details

Preparation of a thesis proposal. Normally taken by students in the papers year for a Master’s degree in Geography by papers and thesis.

Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
Paper code GEOG495
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 19 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,563.41
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,710.93

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Limited to
MA, MSc
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Ralf Ohlemuller

Each student will be supervised by the member of staff most relevant to the proposed area of research.
Teaching Arrangements
Postgraduate seminars run by the Department of Geography are relevant to the research process and are designed with GEOG 495 students in mind. Your attendance at these seminars is compulsory.
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students initiate an independently driven research project. Research is undertaken within a specific sub-discipline of geography/environmental management, supervised and advised by one or more academic staff members. Students who successfully complete this paper will have learned the skills that they need to complete the second research-focused year of the programme.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 19 June 2019)

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

Preparation of a thesis proposal. Normally taken by students in the papers year for a Master’s degree in Geography by papers and thesis.

Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
Paper code GEOG495
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,614.74
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $11,032.23

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Limited to
MA, MSc
Paper Structure

Students initiate an independently driven research project. Research is undertaken within a specific sub-discipline of geography/environmental management, supervised and advised by one or more academic staff members

Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

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

For further information please contact geography@otago.ac.nz

 

Teaching Arrangements
Postgraduate seminars run by the Department of Geography are relevant to the research process and are designed with GEOG 495 students in mind. Your attendance at these seminars is compulsory.
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have learned the skills that they need to complete the second research-focused year of the programme.

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Timetable

Full Year

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