Module Details

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Title FIELD CLASS (BELFAST)
Code ENVS282
Coordinator Professor P Shirlow
School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
P.Shirlow@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

The 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) Learn how to plan, execute and present a research project, taking into account academic, practical, ethical and safety considerations

(LO2) Develop a greater critical appreciation of field based data collection techniques (using at least four from the following list: archives; qualitative and quantitative secondary data, interviews, focus groups, (participant) observation, survey questionnaires)

(LO3) Practise and enhance skills in analysing qualitative and quantitative data

(LO4) Practise and enhance skills in presenting qualitative and quantitative data (oral, visual, textual)

(LO5) Gain an enhanced appreciation of the factors that make for successful teamwork

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Numeracy

(S4) Commercial awareness

(S5) Teamwork

(S6) Organisational skills

(S7) Communication skills

(S8) IT skills

(S9) Lifelong learning skills

(S10) Ethical awareness

(S11) Leadership


Syllabus

 

Pre-field class
There will be five preparatory workshops in the run up to the virtual field class. See module timetable for confirmation of dates/times/venues:
Situating the City. Introduction to the city; group organisation and potential research topics;
Teamwork. Planning group project work (background reading, setting research questions, developing methodologies, practicalities); introduction to team working skills;
Research proposals. In-class presentation and discussion of group research proposals;
Logistics. In-class presentation and feedback on draft data collection 'instruments'; field safety, behaviour and ethics

Between and following these meetings, student groups will meet independently to plan and prepare for their virtual field research.

Virtual Field Class
Following the prep. period, over a c. two week period, some 40 hours will be spent, first conducting field research online and by phone, and then converting the data coll ected into a group presentation. This will be supported via regular online group supervision sessions.

Post field-class
Support will be provided for the post field work essay assignments via an online discussion board.T

The two essays are:
Individual analysis, interpretation and write-up of one source of field data (c. 1500 words)
Individual essay critically reflecting on the lessons learnt about team-working (c. 1500 words).


Teaching and Learning Strategies

‘If covid restrictions require, the teaching and residential field class activities will be replaced with online equivalents, ensuring that students are still able to meet in full the module learning outcomes’

Teaching Method 1
Description: Pre-field class preparation and training
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Workshops (held on campus/or e-lectures)
Description: Pre-field class preparation and training
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Supervision (held on campus or e support)
Description: Drop-in supervision / clinic sessions to support preparation and comletion of of group-based field class projects.
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 4 - On site delivery in Belfast (or Virtual Field Work)
Description: c. 40 hours of virtual fieldwork, including data collection, data analysis and the preparation of a group presentation.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Non-attendance without approved Mitigating Circumstances will lead to a mark of 0 being awarded for the summatively assessed group-based presentation. Partial attendance will lead to an adjustment of the group-mark to reflect individual inputs to the group work.

Teaching Method 5 - Online discussion board
Description: To support completion of post field work esays
Attendance Recorded: No


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           40

10

2

2

54
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 96
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
In-field presentation of group research findings Non-standard penalty applies for late submission - Failure to provide a group presentation on the final day of the field class will lead to a mark of   c. 5 mins per group     33       
Individual analysis & write-up of ONE of the datasets collected by the group There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Ass  c. 1500 words    34       
Self-reflection on lessons learnt from (i) research process and (ii) teamwork There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. As  c. 1500 words    33       

Recommended Texts

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