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Undergraduate Course: Geography Small Research Project (GEGR09007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is intended as a substitute for the Geography Field Course where circumstances prevent a student from undertaking the field course. Students must have permission from the course organiser in order to be enrolled on this course. Candidates undertake a limited piece of personal research-oriented project work. This will compliment skills and techniques learned in Quantitative Methods in Geography or Qualitative Methods in Geography. It need not involve primary data collection but should involve re-analysis of primary data sources, or a re-evaluation of existing sources. A variety of topics will be introduced from which students can elect a suitable topic.
Course description Students can choose a Human or Physical Geography topic from the suggested titles. When writing this research paper they will need to re-evaluate published work and data. Their essay should include a literature review and original thinking on these questions. Where appropriate, They should apply skills they have learned in courses such as Quantitative Methods in Geography and Qualitative Methods in Geography. This is a student-led project and the onus is on the student to find relevant information but ask for advice and help when needed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Human) (GEGR09008) OR Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Physical) (GEGR09009) OR Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Istanbul, Turkey) (GEGR09015)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 1, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 92 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will complete a 2,000 word research project based on one of the set topics
Feedback There is an initial meeting at the start of the course and students are able to ask questions about the course. Students will then have a further meeting to gain feedback on their proposed project and are encouraged to meet with a member of staff during the Semester for formative feedback. Written summative feedback is provided on the final report. Students are encouraged to discuss this feedback with staff individually or at the feedback session.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Learn via a case study that complements other theoretical work
  2. develop a problem solving approach to a particular case study so that students are confident drawing on a range of sources in making judgements
  3. learn the principal techniques used in Geography research
  4. develop a detailed understanding of the area focused on a student's chosen project, a knowledge which will be informed by recent developments
Reading List
Dependent on the title chosen and students need to find relevant literature.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Block 4
Course organiserDr Anthony Newton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2546
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Mcallister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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