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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Residential Field Course
Module Code GY339
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jonathan Cherry
Semester 2: Jonathan Cherry
Autumn: Jonathan Cherry
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Fieldwork is an integral part of a geographers training and education, providing opportunities to acquire a huge range of skills that cannot be gained in a classroom setting, while allowing engagement with, and opportunities to better the world. Building on learning and experiences from geographical fieldwork, research and communication skills modules completed in previous years, this third year residential field course provides each student with an opportunity to deploy, refine and augment these core skills and capabilities during an intensive period of fieldwork. Conducting fieldwork in a range of locations including varying landscapes, ecosystems and urban environments, this module creates unique opportunities for experiential learning, as students identify, examine, record, measure, analyse and provide solutions / outcomes to a range of real world themes and issues within the fields of physical / environmental and human geography, facilitating the bridging of concepts and ideas covered in class to the real world. Each student working both individually and in smaller teams, will informed by context based applied learning, design and investigate a specific theme and / or challenge, plan and implement their fieldwork, gather relevant data and information, manage and analyse it, and finally communicate their findings / solutions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and refine an appropriate and achievable research question that can be tackled through fieldwork
2. Work effectively as part of a team, in designing and implementing effective fieldwork
3. Employ appropriate techniques and skills in capturing, measuring, recording, storing and analysing fieldwork findings and data
4. Communicate their fieldwork findings in a range of innovative and original formats
5. Record and reflect in a meaningful manner on their own experience, process and practice of fieldwork

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture6Preparatory lectures
Fieldwork32Fieldwork activities and exercises
Class Presentation2Presentation of group project findings
Assignment Completion85Completion of individual fieldwork book and group project
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
EssayComprised of text and illustrations: drawing upon field notebook and secondary readings and research50%n/a
FieldworkField course notebook50%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 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Taylor & Francis Group: 2021, Geographical Fieldwork in the 21st Century, 1, Routledge, 9780367722364
  • Richard Phillips,Jennifer Johns: 2012, Fieldwork for Human Geography, SAGE Publications Limited, 9780857025876
Other Resources

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BAJHIBachelor of Arts (BAJHI)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BAJPIBachelor of Arts (BAJPI)
BAJPNBachelor of Arts (BAJPN) - Intra P

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