Module Details

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Code ENVS286
Coordinator Dr M Green
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15


The Edinburgh field class has three aims;
To provide practical experience and training in designing, executing, analysing, writing-up and presenting a field research project in preparation for dissertation research.
To provide practical experience of quantitative and qualitative techniques, and to critically reflect on the effectiveness and ethics of different methods in preparation for dissertation research design and write-up.
To develop team-working and communication skills through conduct of group research projects and field presentations.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Research project planning, execution and delivery.

(LO2) Critical engagement with methods and ability to evaluate their appropriateness to a research project.

(LO3) Qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques (at least four from the following list: archives; qualitative and quantitative secondary data, interviews, focus groups, (participant) observation, survey questionnaire).

(LO4) Qualitative and quantitative data anlaysis techniques.

(LO5) Qualitative and quantitative data presentation techniques (oral, visual and textual).

(LO6) Teamwork.

(LO7) Developed skills to undertake future independent empirical research.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Organisational skills

(S4) Communication skills

(S5) IT skills

(S6) Adaptability

(S7) Ethical awareness

(S8) Leadership

(S9) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S10) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

(S11) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S12) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

(S13) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S14) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S15) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations



Pre-field class there will be a series of preparatory lectures, approx. once a fortnight, in the run up to the virtual field class. See ORBIT timetable for confirmation of dates/times/venues.
Introduction to the city of Edinburgh; group organisation and potential research topics.
Planning group project work (background reading, setting research questions, developing methodologies, practicalities); introduction to team working skills.
Group Progress meetings; Ethics and risk assessment forms due.
Project proposal presentations between and following these meetings, student groups will meet independently to plan and prepare for their field research.

Virtual field class will task students with collecting data remotely, analysing and synthesising it, and interpreting their meaning. Students will received regular supervision during this process. The data and analyses will be used to complete the three assignments: (1) Group presentation, (2) Individual analysis, inte rpretation and write-up of one source of field data (c.1500 words), and (3) individual essay critically reflecting on the lessons learnt about team-working (c.1500 words).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - e-Lecture
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Virtual Field Work
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorials
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     6



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 76


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 Group presentation There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Second  c. 5 mins per member    33       
Assessment 2 Data Analysis Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Second  1,500 Words    34       
Assessment 3 Self-reflective essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Second  1,500 words    33       

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