Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Human Geography and Sociology Research Design and Fieldwork Skills
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Project Proposal  1500 Words  25%
Semester Assessment Literature Review  1500 Words  25%
Semester Assessment Individual write-up of group project  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Project Proposal  1500 Words  25%
Supplementary Assessment Literature Review  1500 Words  25%
Supplementary Assessment Individual write-up of group project  2500 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Identify topical and relevant research problems in: Human Geography/Sociology.

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

Brief description

Through analysis of relevant and topical themes in human
geography, sociology, physical geography, environmental science
and at the human/physical interface, the module will address the
following objectives:
- 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 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.
- Consideration of the ethical aspects of research processes
- Consideration of fieldwork safety
- To develop a sense of place, awareness of difference, and
tolerance for others.
- To promote certain transferable skills required in practical
work and seminars, including teamwork, observation,
problem identification


The module objectives will be delivered through a series of
lectures, seminars, and practical workshops/field visits. These will
culminate in an extended period fieldwork. Topics covered and
techniques developed will vary according to student cohort,
inclusive of the following:
- Human impacts on the environment
- Natural hazards
- Interpreting the human and physical landscape, and the
interaction of both
- Aspects of cultural, political, and economic change within
communities and evident in day-to-day life
- Environmental change and regulation

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Define these terms.
Creative Problem Solving Problem solving is a key criterion for this course. This includes building rationale for research and research design in reference to existing literature/debates/ data sources
Critical and analytical thinking This module will develop observational and interpretive field skills. Critical thinking skills will be developed through interactive seminars and field exercises.
Digital capability Students will be expected to use information technology to aid further reading when completing assignments, including online literature searching and synthesis, word processing technology, and preparation of digital photographs and maps.
Professional communication Fieldwork is inherently interactive with a high number of contact hours between staff and students. This ensures the development of strong communication, with ample opportunities for one-to-one and group discussions.
Reflection Students will develop an opportunity to reflect upon research design and fieldwork undertaken in the first part of the module as a basis for undertaking data collection and analysis in the second part/extended fieldwork component of the module.
Subject Specific Skills This module will deliver subject specific skills which aim to make our graduates employable across a range of sectors.


This module is at CQFW Level 5