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Joint Student Research Skills GEOG4019

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will prepare students for independent Geographical research


2 lectures and one 2 hour practical per week

Requirements of Entry

Students who are taking Honours Geography jointly with another subject and who are undertaking their Honours dissertation in Geography.


  GEOG4052P Dissertation


One lab assessment in semester 1

Two lab classes in semester 2

Dissertation proposal

Group fieldwork proposal

Group fieldwork presentation

Field notebook

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

  This course will prepare students for independent research required for the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to undertake an independent research project which will involve the:

* conceptualisation of an appropriate research question

* design of an appropriate research methodology

* implementation of appropriate methods to achieve project goals

* completion of ethics and health and safety reports 

* adoption of appropriate conceptual approaches to analyse field data

* effective management of time to deliver project outcomes

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.