Module Details

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Title BA Human Geography Field Class
Code ENVS365
Coordinator Dr A Davies
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This 15 credit module is designed to give students experience of fieldwork, both virtually and live in the field.

It will develop students understanding of urban geography and in particular the methods and theoretical ideas appropriate for urban field work.

The module develops and enhances students research skills developed previously in their degree, but also encourages the development of authentic assessment-related skills through the writing of policy briefs and the presentation of research findings.

The module also provides an opportunity for students who may be unable to undertake fieldwork due to personal circumstances to be able to develop an appropriate range of fieldwork skills which may otherwise be denied them.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understanding and design of appropriate research project for urban analysis.

(LO2) Experience of undertaking research in a 'real world' and virtual environment.

(LO3) Development of Field Skills learnt at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

(LO4) Ability to present research findings to an appropriate academic audience.

(LO5) Ability to translate research findings into suitable policy-facing report.



Students begin the module with a series of lectures introducing theories and methods relevant to urban analysis and a variety of staff-led themes which are possible to study to provide a framework for project development.

Students then develop group-based project proposals and are assigned a supervisor to help with project development. Students meet their supervisor weekly to update on progress and project development and receive feedback.

Once proposals are developed, students will conduct their research in the field. This may be live in the field in a UK city, or virutally. During the field work, students will deliver a group presentation summarising their key findings so far.

At the completion of the research, students complete both individual authentic assessments on their findings which are based on developing transferable skills beyond academia.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be taught through the following methods:

1) Synchronous lectures providing core information on research themes and appropriate methodologies necessary for suitable project development.

2)Up to a week conducting research in the (virtual) field, supported with staff supervision.

3) Small group supervision sessions with an academic supervisor to develop and guide project development and conduct.

4) Group and individual self-supported study.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 96


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Individual Policy Report on findings from research project. Authentic assessment and research connected teaching in addressing a real world problem through research, and writing report for non-academi  2000 words    60       
10 Minute Group Presentation of Project Findings. Authentic assessment practicing sharing findings in different formats. Reseach connected teaching in addressing real world challenges trhough the res  10 minutes    20       
Group Project Proposal - research connected teaching in developing student experience of the research process. Resit opportunity available. Not anonymously marked as submitted as a group CoPA fo  1000 words    20       

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