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LEC.212: Research Project Skills

Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF5//RQF5
Study Level: Part II (yr 2) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 12-01-2015 End Date: 20-03-2015
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students where listed in programme syllabus rules
Module Convenor: Professor GP Walker

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • The module will run over 10 weeks, during Lent Term of 2nd year.  In the first six weeks, there will be 'taught' sessions (1 hour each) covering:

    1. The Research Process / Deciding on a Topic

    2. Reviewing the Literature / Formulating your Conceptual Approach

    3. Formulating your Aims, Objectives and Methodology

    4. Data Collection, Collation and Processing

    5. Analysis and Presentation of Results

    6. Interpretation, Discussion and Conclusions

    In Weeks 7-10, there will be a series of workshops on preparing for your dissertation safety, ethics, business, enterprise and careers skills. (4 x 2 hrs)

    In Weeks 1-8, there will be workshops to assist students in the development and execution of their projects. (8 x 2hrs)

    Total student contact hours = 30






Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • BSc Geography

    BA Geography

    BSc Physical Geography

    BA Human Geography

    BSc Environment Change and Sustainable Development

    MSci Geography (Professional Development)

    Geography with Earth Science

    BSc/Msci Natural Sciences (only if they are doing the Geography dissertation LEC.303)


  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • 70% of the module mark will be for the research project report - a 3000 word report

    20% of the module mark will be for the dissertation proposal.  Each student will develop this in consultation with their dissertation supervisor, to whom they will be assigned at the start of Lent Term.

    10% of the module mark will be for a report arising from the careers workshops

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of:

    1) How to scope and review existing literature and formulate research projects aims that are novel, substantive and achievable

    2) How to situate research projects within relevant conceptual frameworks

    3) How to design research methodologies that will enable project aims to be achieved

    3) How to execute data collection

    4) How to collate, process, analyse, discuss and interpret in the context of existing literature such that the project aims area achieved

    5) How to take full account of safety and ethical issues in executing research projects

    6) How to incorporate skills and knowledge gained in this and other modules into effective materials to support post-graduation job applications

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The aim of this module is to take what has been learnt about skills and concepts in 1st year and the first term of 2nd year, and enable its application to be practised in the context of a geographical research project. This will develop skills in project management and execution, and enhance understanding of the skills and concepts learnt, by seeing how they work in a real situation of geographical enquiry.  Furthermore, this will enable practice in the application of these skills and concepts, and research project execution, in advance of the final year dissertation.  In addition, this module contains workshops on safety and ethics aspects of project execution, and on understanding how students can recognise and exploit the skills they are developing whilst doing their Geography degree in the post-graduation careers market.


Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module, students will have demonsrtated their ability to

    1. Situate specific research projects within the wider context of the discipline of geography.

    2. Utilise a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches to geographical enquiry, and select appropriate approaches to given situations

    3. Apply a variety of techniques for data collection and analysis to geographical enquiry, and use knowledge of their strengths and limitations to interpret their outcomes in a relevant and appropriate manner

    4. Use a variety of tools for data collection, processing and analysis to aid the application of the techniques in (3).

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to

    1. Apply the skills and concepts covered in previous core modules in a real research context

    2. Formulate, execute and report a research project

    3. Take safety and ethical issues into effective account in carrying out a research project

    4. Exploit fully the skills and experiences encountered during their degree studies in their search for a post-graduation career

    5. Work effectively in a team setting

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