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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Geographical Fieldwork and Observation Skills
Module Code GY107
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kathleen Stokes
Semester 2: Susan Hegarty
Autumn: Kathleen Stokes
Module TeachersSusan Hegarty
Grania Shanahan
Kathleen Stokes
Jean Williams
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Students will be introduced to key fieldwork skills including fieldwork planning and design, participation (including Health and Safety), and accurate acquisition of data, utilisation of fieldwork equipment, interpretation, analysis and reporting of data. Key skills including: field journaling; landscape observation; Sketch mapping; Mapping; GIS; measuring and photographing. Students will participate in fieldwork activities and will be encouraged to apply skills and knowledge to real world situations. Students are expected to attend and engage in the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. How to organise and plan fieldwork.
2. Accurate acquisition and mapping of data
3. Analysis and Interpretation of spatial data
4. Field equipment and its use
5. Field Journaling, data transfer and interpretation
6. Reporting skills
7. Mapping
8. Carrying out fieldwork

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures, seminars and practicals
Independent Study51Independent reading, expansion on in-class material and completion of practical exercises
Fieldwork50Preparation and implementation of fieldwork and associated assignments
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentAssignments throughout the module50%As required
Report(s)Fieldtrip report50%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Clifford, N., French, S., & Valentine, G. Sage.: 0, Key Methods in Geography,
  • Phillips, R. and Johns, J. Sage: 0, Fieldwork for Human Geography,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)

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