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GG3201   Single Honours Research Design and Methodology Training (60)

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module occupies a central place in our field-based research-orientated degree. It prepares students to undertake their independent research dissertation and develops transferable professional skills useful beyond graduation. Students learn about research design and the collection of original empirical data through engagement with a series of problem-based issues in geography and sustainable development. Themes covered include: training in quantitative, qualitative, and physical research methods; ethics of research; statistical techniques; cartography; and GIS (Geographical Information Systems). There is opportunity for streaming and choice amongst units covering these themes. Skills and techniques learned are applied during a residential field course where students will design and execute an original empirical research project with a staff mentor. The module concludes with students producing an independent research proposal for their Senior Honours dissertation projects.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GG2012

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take GG3202 or take GG3203

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Varies according to the combination of elements (module units) chosen by the student. Average of 10 hours of classroom time (x 11 weeks), and a 1-week (40 hour) field class

Scheduled learning hours: 150

Guided independent study hours: 450

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available


Module coordinator: Dr R T Streeter
Module teaching staff: Team taught