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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Geosciences : Geography

Undergraduate Course: Fundamental Methods in Geography (GEGR08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary****PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS ON THE GEOGRAPHY DEGREE PROGRAMMES ONLY - NOT APPLICABLE TO OUTSIDE DEGREE STREAMS (NON-GEOGRAPHY DEGREES)****

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to a range of geographical methods that will be feature again later in the degree programme.
The course will provide an introduction to qualitative methodologies in Geography, statistical techniques and the purpose and scope of both qualitative and quantitative methods within geographical research.
The overall aim of the course is to provide an introduction to fundamental methods of geographical research. The course will provide an introduction to qualitative methodologies in Geography, statistical techniques and the purpose and scope of both qualitative and quantitative methods within geographical research. We will consider relevant examples from across the full range of the discipline. We will examine methods for data collection, data description, analysis and tests of association and difference. Fieldwork is included to give students experience in undertaking geographical research to evaluate real world information. This will provide insights into the characteristics of the techniques and their overall value and utility within research.

The course aims to enhance the student learning experience within the Geography programme by developing underpinning methodological training at an early stage of the curriculum. Additionally it will assist in developing a strong group identity and better sense of belonging to the degree programme, particularly through the inclusion of the residential field experience.
Course description The overall aim is to provide an introduction to fundamental methods of geographical research.
The course focuses on methodology and explores the appropriate selection and application of research methods.
Statistics, methods of qualitative research and GIS are introduced; scales of measurement, descriptive statistics, central tendency, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing are considered.
The analysis of qualitative data, descriptive statistics, validation and verification are explored and report writing practised.


This course provides an introduction to a range methodologies and techniques in Geography using relevant examples from across the discipline. The lectures will provide an introduction to qualitative methodologies in Geography, statistical theory and the purpose and scope of both qualitative and quantitative methods within geographical research. We will examine methods for data collection, data description and analysis. Fieldwork is included to give students experience in using methods to capture and evaluate real world information and gain insights into the characteristics of the techniques and their overall value and utility.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Fieldcourse costs: 80
Course Delivery Information