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Research Skills GEOG4025

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

Short Description

This course will prepare students for independent Geographical research


Two lectures and one practical class per week

Requirements of Entry

Fullfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography

Excluded Courses



Geographic Thought GEOG4013

Geographical Techniques GEOG4015



Five lab classes

Dissertation proposal

Group fieldwork proposal

Group fieldwork presentation

Field notebook

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.