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GG2508: SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES IN GEOSCIENCES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 05 Jun 2017 09:33


Course Overview

This course introduces students to a range of scientific and social scientific skills and techniques used in Geography. The course involves a residential field trip in the Easter vacation, past venues have included: the Isle of Skye; the Isle of Arran, Inverness and the Cairngorms National Park. The trips enable students to employ skills and techniques learned in lectures and workgroup sessions to conduct original research into issues covered elsewhere.

Only available to students registered for programme year 2 of a Geography study aim or to students also taking at least 3 of GG2013, GG2014, GG2509 & GG2510

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Mark Beecroft

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Geography (GG) (Studied) or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG2507 Skills and Techniques in Geosciences (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course introduces key research skills for the geosciences, both scientific and social scientific, and includes both lecture and practical components. Students will learn how to conduct investigations in their chosen field of study effectively and safely. Topics considered include concepts underpinning geosciences research, and basic methods of data gathering, analysis and presentation (such as questionnaire design, keeping of a field notebook, basic field skills, some statistical training, report writing). The core element of the course is a residential fieldtrip in the Easter vacation. This enables students to employ the skills and techniques learned in lectures and workgroup sessions to conduct original research into phenomena/issues covered elsewhere in the suite of Level 1 and 2 courses in Geography & Environment.

Associated Costs

This course involves an Easter field trip. Students are advised not to make arrangements for the vacation until details of the trips are confirmed. Please note the field course involves a student financial contribution.  The estimated cost will be £130.

Further Information & Notes

This course involves an Easter field trip. Students are advised not to make arrangements for the vacation until details of the trips are confirmed. Please note the field course involves a student financial contribution. 

Attendance is compulsory for all classes in this course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Geography
  • BSc Geography-Geoscience
  • Geography Joint
  • MA Geography

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Coursework (100%): 1. Group assessment (30%) comprising:  a) pre-trip presentation: 15%, and b) end-of-trip presentation: 15%
2. Individual assessment (70%) comprising: a) trip report, written up as a short research paper (~2,500 words) 50% and b) practical/fieldwork portfolio 20% - students must complete a series of short tasks to demonstrate i) their  understanding of various skills and techniques taught, and ii) how their research project develops.

Resit: Apply to course coordinator. In exceptional circumstances, students may be permitted to resubmit the field trip report.

Formative Assessment

Students work in groups, supported by staff, to prepare their field trip projects. Students are expected to keep a diary/notebook that records the progress of their project. Pre-trip and end-of-trip presentations provide opportunities for formative feedback that can be used to improve students' performance at the next task/stage of assessment.

Feedback

Feedback (verbal and/or written) on students' pre-trip presentation before the field trip provides opportunities to adjust the proposed research design. Feedback (verbal and/or written) on students' end-of-trip presentation provides opportunities to adjust the processing and write-up of data. Students receive individual written feedback on their project report.

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