|Delivery length / details
|3 x 2 Hour Workshops
|5 x 4 Hour Workshops
|Assessment length / details
|Short report(s) (combined length <1500 words)
|Individual report on group project (2500 words)
|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%.
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.
- 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.
- Human impacts on the environment.
- Natural hazards.
- Interpreting the human and physical landscapes.
- Aspects of cultural, political and economic geography.
- Aspects of environmental change.
|Application of Number
|Where appropriate, students will be trained in statistical techniques to analyse their field data.
|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.
|Written reports, literature/information searches, and where appropriate data analysis, to be undertaken electronically.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Developed through staff- and self-directed project design and execution.
|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.
|Developed through a series of staff directed and student devised projects.
This module is at CQFW Level 5