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GEOG2116 Research project and skills in physical geography (geological mapping route)

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Julie Peacock

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


GEOG1081Data analysis and physical geography tutorials

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG2117Research project and skills in physical geography (geography

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Excellent critical writing skills, an understanding of how physical geographers do research, and an understanding of the fundamentals of geological mapping, and an ability to design small research projects are the hallmark of a good geography-geology graduate from a world top 100 university. This module aims to ensure all our graduates have these skills and that they know how and where/when to apply them in a variety of real-world situations.


On successful completion of this module, students will have gained:
i. A detailed knowledge and understanding of how to design research projects in physical geography.
ii. Competence in the critical analysis of published studies by physical geographers and environmental scientists.
iii. Competence in the methods and approaches of geological mapping and carrying out preparation for the summer mapping dissertation.

Learning outcomes
Students successfully completing the module will be able to design their own research project. They will also be ready to undertake a geological mapping project as their dissertation.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
i. Write confidently and knowledgably on research approaches within physical geography.
ii. Demonstrate an understanding of the approaches and methods for geological mapping.
iii. Show advanced skills in geological map interpretation and construction.


Tutorials based around (a) reading of research papers in physical geography, (b) the design of example research projects, (c) geological mapping techniques and associated academic and logistical preparation for the summer dissertation fieldwork.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours86.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will prepare for tutorials (they will be set work involving reading of research papers, preparing reviews, and preparing presentations). Coursework preparation and completion will also be done in private study time. Students will complete a geological mapping report as private study.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via tutorial and class performance. Students will complete a practice tutorial essay and this will be informally marked and returned with detailed comments. They will also receive informal feedback via the mapping tutorials, both from peers, and from their mapping supervisors.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportGeology mapping report60.00
Literature Review1500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Re-sit information: If students do not attend the practical exercise they will be set an essay by way of re-sit. If they do attend, but fail or do not submit the practical coursework, they will be allowed to re-sit.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/09/2022


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