Module Identifier GG27720  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael J Woods  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Intending Geography Single Honours and Geography Major students only  
Course delivery Lecture   Up to 10 sessions Preparatory and retrospective lectures (these may include lectures, practicals and language support).  
  Practical   Practicals / Field Days. Maximum 10 days  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Combined: Assessment 100% coursework: Assessment methods are variable according to venue and numbers on the course. Normally, assessed elements will include : individual end-of-day reflective essays; individual end-of-course extended essays; field note books; and group research projects and presentations. The latter, amounting to up to 50% of the assessment, may involve some peer-assessment. 
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 for a maximum mark of 35%. Students whose reasons for failing to attend the field course are condoned will be permitted to submit a project for assessment of a type and by a date to be agreed with the module co-ordinator, for a maximum mark of 100%. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to :-


To introduce and explore a series of geographical themes in the study area, and equip students with the means to resolve the issues raised.


In detail, the focus and subject matter of the course will vary according to the field course venue, the staff involved and the length of time available in the field - normally between 7 and 10 days. In all cases, however, there is an overriding concern to develop and enhance participants' geographical skills. By exercising these in an unfamiliar setting, students will be widening their appreciation of how and why people use places in the ways that they do.

Preparatory discussions and practical classes in Aberystwyth will identify issues to be explored in the field, and contextualise them. Thus the amount of time used in the field for data collection and preliminary analysis is maximised. More formal analysis and presentations will take place on return to Aberystwyth.

Reading Lists

Reading will vary according to venue, but broader overviews can be found in Part 3 of:
Rogers, A., Viles, H. and Goudie, A. (eds) (1992) The Student's Companion to Geography Blackwell ISBN 0631170898


This module is at CQFW Level 5