Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Acceptance to Single Honours Geography and Geography Major students only
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical Practicals / Field Days. 3 x 2 hours (Introductory Sessions); 5 x 4 hours (Practicals); Up to 18 days (Fieldcourse).


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Reports and maps/graphs to be submitted during the fieldwork period and during Week 11 of Semester 2. Details of assignments provided by fieldtrip leaders via the fieldcourse handbook.  Course Work:  100%
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 assessments by a date to be agreed with the module co-ordinator. 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%

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of the module, students should :

  • Be technically proficient in undertaking field based geographical research (e.g. in the field operation of hydrological instruments, field identification of soils and their classification, vegetation identification and basic field survey).
  • Appreciate the logistics involved in undertaking different types of fieldwork operations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyse data and present results of original field measurements in a technically-sound report.
  • Have increased ability to observe critically, and contrast with the UK, foreign physical and people/place attributes
On completion of the module, students should also possess skills in the following:-

  • Observation
  • Mapping and field sketching
  • Hypothesis formation
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Keeping a field notebook
  • Group skills
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Problem solving


To provide the technical framework for study of physical environments and to allow the development of expertise in specific measurement techniques.


  • Fieldcourse organisation: to include aspects of project planning and appropriate practicals
  • Fieldcourse.


This module is at CQFW Level 5