Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
GS13000
Module Title
Researching the World: data collection and analysis
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 34 x 1 Hour Lectures
Practical 5 x 2 Hour Practicals
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester 1 Report  Written project report, incorporating elements of projects 1, 2 and 3 (field observation, secondary data and mapping)  1500 word individual report plus supplementary material.  50%
Semester Assessment Semester 2 Report  Written project report, incorporating elements of all projects and skills developed during the module including geographical data presentation and analysis (maps, graphs, statistical analysis)  1500 word individual report plus supplementary material.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Semester 1 Report  Written project report, incorporating elements of projects 1, 2 and 3 (field observation, secondary data and mapping)  1500 word individual report plus supplementary material.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Semester 2 Report  Written project report, incorporating elements of all projects and skills developed during the module including geographical data presentation and analysis (maps, graphs, statistical analysis)  1500 word individual report plus supplementary material.  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate understanding of both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.

Demonstrate analytical capacities, through generating a wide range of datasets.

Exhibit the ability to work independently and in groups.

Demonstrate a more nuanced grasp of what constitutes data within geography and related disciplines.

Integrate skills in data acquisition, analysis and interpretation to undertake effective research in geography and related disciplines.

Demonstrate an appreciation of mixed research methods.

Organise and synthesise research findings effectively in a written report.

Brief description

This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and techniques required for the acquisition, analysis and presentation of data in geography and related disciplines.

The module comprises five research projects which are intended to give students practical and applied experience of generating and analysing a wide range of both primary and secondary data sets. These projects are prescribed, giving students experience of data collection and analysis from a breadth of topics in geography and related disciplines.

The first project provides students with direct experience of independent field work whereby they must collect observation data and begin to use basic descriptive statistical analysis. The second project introduces students to secondary data analysis and data presentation. the third project develops students mapping skills. The fourth project will introduce students to more complex statistical methods, issues of sampling and the use of quantitative and qualitative data. The final project will require students to synthesise the research skills they have developed through the module.

The aim of the module is to give students a firm grounding in research in geography and related disciplines, but without the pressure of having to devise a research question which will be advanced in year 2 through practical modules and dissertation preparation..

Content

The module is organised around five research projects, each designed to progressively advance students' research skills.

Project 1: An introduction to observation, field work and sketch mapping. Observation data will be collected and analysed using basic descriptive statistics.

This will be followed by a session on research design, engaging students through academic materials to consider how their work is informed by theoretical and methodological developments in the discipline. This is intended to provide students with an understanding of how and why geographers conduct research using certain modes of data collection and analysis, and how this is presented in academic writing.

Project 2: And introduction to using secondary data sources. This will develop students' graph-making abilities and their capacity to produce clear and effective visulisation of data.

Project 3: Methods for mapping our world: an introduction to mapping and data visualisation.

Project 4: This project will advance students' skills and knowledge through incorporating a wider set of both quantitative and qualitative data, statistical testing, and mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Project 5: Students will be provided with a dataset from which they will have to chose the most appropriate method of analysis, interpretation and presentation. This will involve presenting this evidence in the form of a project report, situating their methods and conclusions within wider academic debated and providing them with the necessary skills to effectively undertake independent geographical research.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The use of statistical analysis, including discriptive statistics, quantifying sampling error and introductory inferential statistics.
Communication By written assessments and geographical information.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent reading, self-directed learning and independent project work.
Information Technology Compentency in using the internet for sources of information, word processing, data analysis and presentation in Excel and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Personal Development and Career planning Many of the skills developed through this module are transferable to non-academic contexts and students are made aware of their wider applicability.
Problem solving The ability to identify and locate appropriate geographic information sources. Statistical treatment and interpretation of geographic data.
Research skills Writing, thinking and the presentation of information.
Subject Specific Skills The context and process of geographical research, the aquisition, analysis and presentation of geographical data, key concepts in geography.
Team work Students will undertake projects in groups and group discussion will be a key feature of practicals and workshops.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4