Geographical Research Design (Overseas Field Course)

Module code: GY2435

This module teaches techniques in Research Design. It teaches you how to formulate a research proposal (pose a question, frame aims, objectives and hypotheses, devise a scientific rationale and justification, design data collection protocols and sampling strategies), collect data through field work, analyse data using a range of statistical techniques and to write up your findings in a variety of formats.

Research projects are developed and executed during a week-long field trip to Almeria in SE Spain.  A key element of the module is to design the research project which you'll complete and write up in your 3rd year as part of the Dissertation module GY3420.  

Topics covered

  • Research design
  • Literature searches
  • Sampling strategies
  • Data analysis
  • Report writing
  • The Physical Geography of a SE Spain: Europe’s only Desert

Learning

  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 3 hours of tutorials
  • 66 hours of fieldwork
  • 7 hours of project supervision
  • 209 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Fieldwork report, group (30%)
  • Fieldwork report, individual (20%)
  • Dissertation research proposal (50%)