|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Semester 1: 3,000 word project essay addressing research techniques in human geography||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Semester 1: Analysis of quantitative data workbook||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Semester 2: GIS and Mapping workbook||20%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Seen exam on the conceptual frameworks in human geography||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission or retaking of all failed components. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the overall mark.||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Resit exam||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Describe the dominant conceptual frameworks in human geography and identify the relevant types of qualitative and quantitative techniques that are associated with these.
Appreciate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative techniques in particular research settings.
Apply descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse quantitative data sets where appropriate.
Produce maps and graphic representations of geographical data, including the use of computer mapping, remotely sensed data and GIS.
This module is designed to develop the practical skills of human geography students and equip them to undertake their own independent research project at the end of their second year. The module comprises 4 sections, each representing a distinct set of practical skills. The first section introduces students to the dominant conceptual frameworks used in human geography for the construction of research questions; this section is assessed via a seen exam (40% of the overall mark). The second section introduces students to research techniques in human geography, and is assessed via a project essay (20% of the overall mark). The third and fourth sections focus on the analysis of quantitative data and GIS and Mapping respectively. Both of these are assessed via project workbooks, each worth 20% of the overall mark.
Section One: Conceptual Frameworks in Human Geography (10 classes over semesters one and two). Contents to include: Spatial Science; Humanism; Marxism and Radical Geography; Feminist Geographies; Postcolonial Geographies; Poststructural Geographies; More-than-Representational Geographies.
Section Two: Research Skills in Human Geography (5 classes on even numbered weeks in Semester one). Contents to include: research frameworks, in-depth interviews, ethnographic methods, analysing texts, archives and historical sources.
Section Three: Analysis of Quantitative Data (5 classes over semester one). Contents include: Descriptive statistics; Inferential Statistics; Correlation; Regression.
Section Four: GIS and Mapping (5 classes over semester two). Contents include: Advanced Mapping and Time Series Data; Remote Sensing Image Display and Enhancement; GIS Maps; Graphs and Contour Plots; Map Production.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||The use of statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, quantifying sampling error and introductory inferential statistics.|
|Communication||Demonstrated via written and graphic modes of presentation|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Independent reading|
|Information Technology||Competency in using a variety of software as well as the internet for sources of information, computer mapping and word processing|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Many of the skills developed are transferable to non-academic contexts and students are made aware of this wider applicability.|
|Problem solving||Demonstrated via choosing of relevant conceptual frameworks and associated techniques for particular research context|
|Research skills||Reading, thinking and writing skills demonstrated|
|Subject Specific Skills||The acquisition, analysis and presentation of geographic data|
|Team work||Team work and discussion wil be involved in some lectures|
Reading ListEssential Reading
Chang, K. (2006) Introduction to GIS. Goodwill Primo search Clifford, N. J. and Valentine, G. (2010) Key Methods in Human Geography Sage: London Primo search Clifford, N.J. et al. (2009) Key concepts in Geography Sage: London Primo search Cloke, P. et al. (2004) Practising Human Geography. Sage: London Primo search Ebdon, D. (1978) Statistics in Geography: a Practical Approach. Blackwell, Oxford Primo search Rogers, A. and Viles, H. (2003) The Student's Companion to Geography. Blackwell, Oxford Primo search Walford, N. (1995) Geographical Data Analysis. Wiley: Chichester Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5