Acceptance onto 2nd year SH, JH and major schemes in Geography. The module will be a core module for SH and majors and will be an option for JHs.
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||1 x 2 Hour Practical|
|Workshop||5 x 2 Hour Workshops|
|Workshop||5 x 4 Hour Workshops|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Short report(s) (combined length <1500 words)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Individual report on group project (2500 words)||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Oral presentation||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students who fail to attend the field course without good reason will not be permitted a resit. Students who attend the field course but fail the assessment will be given the opportunity to resubmit failed components by a date to be agreed with the module co-ordinator (marks for passed components will be carried forward). Students whose reasons for failing to attend the field course are condoned will be permitted to submit a 5,000 word project for assessment of a type and by a date to be agreed with the module co-ordinator, for a maximum mark of 100%.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Identify topical and relevant research problems in Geography.
Design research strategies for data collection and analysis that are relevant to designated research questions.
Demonstrate proficiency in a range of data collection/analysis techniques.
Communicate research findings through both written reports and oral presentations.
Through analysis of relevant and topical themes in human geography, physical geography, and at the human/physical interface, the module will address the following objectives:
- To provide an opportunity to apply theoretical, technical and/or scientific laboratory methods to the more complex, uncontrolled field environment, and to appreciate how processes that might be regarded as 'general' are mediated by the social and environmental character of a specific place.
- To prompt students' capacity to identify a problem or research question, and to develop approaches to solving or answering this through hypothesis testing, research design and data collection.
- To encourage, where appropriate, consideration of the ethical aspects of research processes.
- To develop a sense of place, awareness of difference, and tolerance for others.
- To promote certain transferable skills required in practical work and seminars, such as teamwork and observation.
The module objectives will be delivered through a series of lectures and other classes which will culminate in a residential field course (depending on student numbers, several home-based and overseas destinations may be offered). The topics covered in any particular year may vary, depending on the cohort of students being taken on a particular course, staffing arrangements and fieldtrip destination, but will include themes such as:
- Human impacts on the environment.
- Natural hazards.
- Interpreting the human and physical landscapes.
- Aspects of cultural, political and economic geography.
- Aspects of environmental change.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Where appropriate, students will be trained in statistical techniques to analyse their field data.|
|Communication||Both written and oral communication of field information will be developed via group discussions, reports and an oral presentation.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be responsible for taking their own field notes, preparing an oral presentation and submitting individual field reports.|
|Information Technology||Written reports, literature/information searches, and where appropriate data analysis, to be undertaken electronically.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||No|
|Problem solving||Developed through staff- and self-directed project design and execution.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to complete a number of research projects and design/execute at least one which will involve: problem identification, research design, data acquisition, analysis, presentation and interpretation.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Observation and interpretation of human/physical landscape phenomena.|
|Team work||Developed through a series of staff directed and student devised projects.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5