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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LEED2030 Outdoor Adventure - Mapping and Navigation

10 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Mr Will Patterson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Module replaces

SPSC2210, Mapping and Navigation

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module offers and exciting opportunity to learn about how maps are made and which instruments and techniques have been developed to help in their use. Students will also gain some practical insights into contemporary computer-based map-making. They will also work together as a team to organise a navigation/orienteering event.'Skills' modules, those coded LEED, are designed to help you to enhance many of the non-subject specific, transferable skills that top employers are seeking in graduates. The Leeds for Life website gives you some examples of which skills can be developed through the LEED modules and other activities.At a time when competition for jobs is intense, developing such skills is one way to gain an advantage in the employment market. Think about your existing skills, strengths and weaknesses, and then select a LEED module that will not only complement your existing skills portfolio, but also set you an interesting and enjoyable challenge.


Students should have an understanding and practical appreciation of;
- the difficulty of producing maps and some of the 'errors' inherent in all maps. An understanding of the development of navigational equipment and techniques;
- the communal skills set required to organise and run a low-key public event.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the history and making of maps
- have studied and used a variety of current and historical navigation equipment
- understand and have used key navigation techniques
- have used the OCAD mapping software package to produce a map
- have had an outline introduction to the management of a navigation event
- have been involved in the organisation of an appropriate event to test navigational ability.

Skills outcomes
- Practical skills in understanding and employing navigational techniques
- Experience in the use of a software package to produce a map
- Experience in the organisation of a public event to test navigational ability, either gaining the required skills or utilising existing ones.


- Historical mapping techniques from plane tabling to the use of satellites
- Map projections
- Scales
- Interpretation, limitation and deliberate falsification
- National map producers and their markets
- Practical in the making and developing of maps
- Navigation in the field
- Introduction to different types of navigation events
- Organisation of a navigation orientated event - planning, advertising, risk assessing, running, financial considerations and post event requirements
- and putting into practice

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Team Work114.0014.00
Private study hours62.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Reading & preparation for lectures: 8 hours
- Reading & preparation for seminars: 6 hours
- Map production (learning & utilising the software): 20 hours
- Researching, planning, organising and implementing an event: 22 hours
- Assessments research & writing: 6 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance at lectures, seminars & practical sessions including action to investigate student absence.
- Group sessions with staff in weeks 3- 8 concerning the progress in the planning of the event.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log2,500 words50.00
Written WorkMap production. 2,500 word equivalent50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/03/2017


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