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Undergraduate Course: Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Physical) (GEGR09009)

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
SummaryThe Geography Field course provides experience and training via the undertaking of project work in a variety of field settings. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of research and practical skills necessary to undertake field-based research.
Course description Syllabus:
Introductory Lecture (March- Semester 2 of Year 2)
Fieldtrip: 3rdto 9th September 2016
Day 1: arrive and introductory lecture
Days 2-6: field technique days and project planning
Days 3 and 4: Group Project Days
Day 5: Conference presentations
Day 6: Depart
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Geography Small Research Project (GEGR09007) OR Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Human) (GEGR09008)
Other requirements Students must also take Quantitative Methods in Geography OR Qualitative Methods in Geography AND Research Design
Additional Costs A contribution to cover travel and subsistence is required from students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Fieldwork Hours 50, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is wholly based on the submission of a 2,000 word individual research report.
Feedback Students are given formative feedback throughout the fieldcourse. Questions will be answered informally by staff and demonstrators in the field and in the laboratories. Students have to come up with a project plan for their two day project and feedback will be given to help improve this. The students have to present their initial findings at a mini conference on the last day of the fieldtrip and formative feedback by both staff/demonstrators and student peers is given. All student notebooks are checked and written formative feedback is given to the students on their return to Edinburgh. Students are encouraged to ask staff for help and advice as they write up their individual assignments and drop in session will timetabled. Finally, written summative feedback will be provided on the marked individual reports. Students are encouraged to discuss this feedback with staff individually or at the feedback session in January.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. develop a broad, integrated understanding and knowledge of the scope of geography fieldwork
  2. practise the skills typically used in fieldwork, some of which are relatively specialised
  3. develop skills by problem-solving, data collection, analysis and interpretation so that students are confident evaluating numerical and graphical data and can draw on a range of courses before making judgements
  4. gain an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of field techniques employed
  5. develop communication so students are confident making informal and formal presentations on mainstream topics
Reading List
Recommended preliminary reading is supplied to students in March in a handout, which is also available on Learn. Detailed reading will depend on the type of projects students choose to take on the fieldtrip.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Anthony Newton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2546
Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Allan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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