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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Skills for Exploring Environments
Module Code GY243
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kathleen Stokes
Semester 2: Kathleen Stokes
Autumn: Kathleen Stokes
Module TeachersGrania Shanahan
Kathleen Stokes
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce the primary characteristics of geographic research, and the key skills employed by geographers when conducting research in both human and physical environments. Students taking this module will have the opportunity to gain and augment their existing subject specific and generic skills, as a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches are introduced in lecture, practical class and fieldwork settings. Simultaneously a number of key data sources, including for example maps and databases will also be introduced. These skills will be employed by students in completing a piece of original research and in communicating their research finding in a range of formats.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and employ appropriate methods in undertaking geographical research
2. Identify and evaluate key data sources for geographical research
3. Identify / generate and successfully employ sources for geographical research
4. Devise and undertake research-work as part of a team or individually
5. Analyse and present research findings in a range of formats.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48Lectures/Practical classes
Fieldwork12Independent or led fieldwork
Assignment Completion140Preparation and completion of assignments
Independent Study50Independent Learning
Total Workload: 250

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

Research design
Devising a research question

The landscape as source

Cartographic sources
Reading and analysing a range of cartographic sources

Working with Qualitative data
Access, managing and analysing qualitative data

Working with Quantative data
Access, managing and analysing quantative data

Source material
Identifying and evaluating a range of geographical source material

Research presentation: theory and practice
Evaluating appropriate ways of presenting research findings; selecting and presenting your research in a range of formats

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentRange of individual and group assignments during the module100%n/a
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 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Robin Flowerdew, David M. Martin: 2013, Methods in Human Geography A guide for students doing a research project, 2, Routledge, London,
  • Jennifer L Johns, Richard Phillips: 2012, Fieldwork for Human Geography, Sage,
Other Resources

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

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