Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Geography Joint Honours/Major Project
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Registration for a joint-honours' or major degree in Human Geography or Physical Geography.
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research Project  A final project report of a maximum of 6,000 words.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Research Project  Resubmission of failed (< 40%) report. 6000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Plan, design and execute a piece of rigorous geographical research or enquiry.
2. Undertake effective and appropriate empirical research, focusing on the collation of information from secondary sources and, if applicable, the collection of primary data.
3. Analyse data in a rigorous manner, employing appropriate techniques and interpret findings in the context of existing knowledge and theories.
4. Produce a written research report in an appropriate academic style.
5. Demonstrate self-motivation, planning and initiative in working independently.

Brief description

This module takes the form of a student-led independent research project for joint-honours' and major students. An appropriate topic of geographical relevance is proposed by the student and approved by the module co-ordinator. The project involves three stages: (i) empirical research to collate information from secondary sources, and collect primary data as appropriate for the research issue; (ii) the analysis of data and information, including the interpretation of findings in the context of existing knowledge and theories; (iii) the production of a 6,000 word report.


This module takes the form of a student-led independent research project for joint-honours' and major students. Each student will be allocated an advisor who will provide guidance on the development and reporting of the project. Students will receive support for their independent study in a number of different contexts:

(i) four individual meetings with their advisor (end of year 2, beginning of year 3, beginning of semester 2 of year 3, prior to Easter of year 3). These meetings will act as the basis of the personal tutor system at Level 3;

(ii) three group meetings during semester 1, attended by an advisor's complement of joint-honours' and major-minor students supervisees. These meetings will act as a basis for discussing key papers, which will help the students to complete their independent project;

(iii) three lectures for the degree scheme or the whole year group, where appropriate. Some of these will act as support sessions for the project, e.g. structuring your project, while others may focus on CPD (Continuing Personal Development) issues, e.g. relating to skills and employability.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number If appropriate to the selected research topic, students may develop numerical skills through the collection, analysis and presentation of quantitative data.
Communication Written communication skills are developed through the production of a written report. Oral communication skills are developed through: discussion of the research - individually and in groups; and may be developed through empirical research where verbal research methods are employed (e.g. interviews and questionnaires).
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience of planning and undertaking research in the individual and group discussions.
Information Technology Students will be expected to employ appropriate IT resources in identifying data sources and collecting data (e.g. internet, electronic information resources), in data analysis (e.g. statistical packages), and in producing the project report (e.g. word processing, GIS and mapping packages).
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and career planning will be developed as part of the APPR sessions and personal tutor meetings that are a part of this module. In addition, the generic skills developed through the research project will have significant transferability to a wide range of career contexts.
Problem solving Problem solving skills are developed through the identification of research questions, appropriate methodology and research plan, and through responses to difficulties experienced during data collection.
Research skills Research skills are developed through the collection and analysis of data appropriate for investigation of the research questions.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Team work will be developed through group debates and work in the group support sessions. These skills will not be assessed formally.


This module is at CQFW Level 6