ESC-20106 - Geographical and Environmental Field Skills
Coordinator: Richard Waller Room: WSF23A Tel: +44 1782 7 33179
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

ESC-20079 - Environmental and Sustainability Impact
Assessment and Research Planning

Description for 2023/24

This module equips students with the knowledge, skills and techniques about how to undertake fieldwork research appropriate to the subjects of geography, environmental science, sustainability and ecology and conservation. Students practice their research skills in a real-world field setting, collecting their own data and communicating and analysing the findings in a research report. Students will develop key research techniques and skills relevant to their third-year independent project and will also gain a range of technical, communication and analytical skills relevant to a range of careers.

This module aims to develop students' fieldwork research skills applicable to the fields of geography, environmental science, sustainability and ecology and conservation. Students will gain experience of planning and executing fieldwork research in a real-world setting using appropriate techniques and skills. Students will learn how to communicate the research process, including research strategy, data collection, analysis and interpretation through a research report. The module also aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and methodologies required to undertake their independent research projects in L6.

Intended Learning Outcomes

identify a research question and write achievable, clear, aims, objectives and hypotheses: 2,3
design an appropriate research strategy relevant to the field of geography, environmental science, ecology and conservation, and environment and sustainability: 2,3
select and use the correct field techniques and methodologies to successfully complete research in the field and to collect reliable meaningful data: 2,3
conduct research safely, ethically, responsibly and sustainability in accordance with the RGS fieldwork principles: 2
integrate and apply knowledge of geographical, environmental science, ecological, conservation and sustainability issues to specific social, geographical and environmental contexts: 1,2,3
clearly and critically communicate the rationale for fieldwork, the methods chosen, the results and what they mean in the form a research report: 2,3

Study hours

12 x 2 hour seminars/active learning sessions
40 hours fieldwork
86 hours completing fieldwork portfolio assessments

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Literature Review weighted 25%
Literature Review
1,000 word thematic literature review related to the fieldwork.

2: Report weighted 50%
Fieldwork Report
A group or individual report related to the fieldwork completed as part of the module. The report may vary depending on the field location.

3: Research Proposal weighted 25%
Dissertation Research Proposal
1,000 word dissertation research proposal. The dissertation proposal is not necessarily connected to the fieldtrip.