Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Researching People and Place
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written research portfolio  2500 word research portfolio  100%
Supplementary Assessment Written research portfolio  2500 word research portfolio 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Outline the differing approaches to human geography and associated social science research and identify the relevant types of methods associated with these approaches;

2. Formulate workable research questions, aims and objectives;

3. Select appropriate methods that are justified and relevant in relation to research questions, aims and objectives;

4. Evaluate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative techniques in particular research settings;

5. Critically assess the pragmatics of applying particular techniques in practice.

Brief description

This module covers the qualitative methods essential to researching people and place. The module is framed around a series of lectures with in-built workshops to develop understanding of key techniques and build practical knowledge of using methods in the field.


The course involves 9 x 2 hour lectures covering a variety of approaches: introduction to research frameworks, interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, ethnography, textual research, use of archives, videographic techniques, and new ‘creative’ methods. Lecture slots will be divided between 1 hour of conventional lecturing and 1 hour of practical working to develop practical skills related to each method introduced in the lectures. There will be a 1 x 2-hour assessment surgery session at the end of the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Students will use written and graphic modes to analyses and present data
Improving own Learning and Performance Gained via independent reading and through engagement with the reflexive component of the assessment
Information Technology Students will demonstrate their competency with using Blackboard and the e-resources available in that information environment
Personal Development and Career planning The skills developed through this module can provide the foundation for higher-level studies and also are transferable to many applied, non-academic contexts. Students will be made aware of the relevance for further study and employability throughout the module, including as part of the assessment
Problem solving Demonstrated via choosing of relevant conceptual frameworks and associated techniques for particular research contexts
Research skills Reading, thinking and writing skills will be demonstrated through in-class discussions and the assessment
Subject Specific Skills The acquisition, analysis and presentation of geographic data
Team work Team work and discussion will be involved in some lectures and the practicals


This module is at CQFW Level 5