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GEOG2035 Practicing Human Geographical Research

Module Overview

The purpose of the module is to develop students’ ability to undertake research in human geography by building on what they have learnt in Geog2008 through studying key principles in research design and methods, and through practice-based learning on a fieldtrip and associated lectures, practicals and tutorial teaching. The module will give them practical experience of carrying out research to ensure they have practical research experiences that ready them for Geog 3018 - the Undergraduate dissertation. They will take part in data analysis practicals, both qualitative and quantitative. Through the practical experience of undertaking a group reseach project as part of a residential field course in a European city, a range of research skills including design, methodology and data analysis will be learnt. The course involves the preparation of a research proposal on a potential dissertation topic.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of research design.
  • Review work in a defined area of knowledge, as part of a literature review process
  • Design a research project that will address a set of well-defined research questions or hypotheses.
  • Analyse the quantitative and qualitative data generated by research methods or obtained through published sources.
  • Assess the merits of a published piece of research .
  • Abstract and synthesise information from a range of different sources.
  • Structure conceptual and empirical material into a reasoned argument.
  • Understand the practical application of key concepts in social science research methodology, including objectivity, subjectivity, situated knowledge, positionality, sampling, measurement, indicators, study design (e.g. cross-sectional, longitudinal), rigour, induction and deduction.
  • Understand analytical techniques for quantitative and qualitative data, including some familiarity with relevant software such as SPSS and NVivo.
  • Understand some aspects of the human geography of either Paris or Amsterdam.
  • Understand basic statistics: descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, regression modelling.
  • Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way.
  • Marshall and retrieve data from library and internet resources.
  • Work effectively in groups.
  • Gather primary data through methods such as questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and (participant) observation.


Dissertations – informal meetings with potential supervisors; formal meetings with allocated supervisors after Easter; ERGO submission prior to summer break. Plus drop-in sessions for advice and feedback on assessments (and amounting to enough for 30 credits). The Fieldtrip in Geography Quantitative analysis Introduction to dissertations Overviews of methodological approaches Introduction to the fieldwork city Research Design Dissertation Topics Group work practical SPSS Open Clinic Research ethics and ERGO

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Practicals Daily tutorials in the field Field-based research experience

Independent Study216
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Fieldcourse-based project  (2500 words) 25%
Individual research report  (3700 words) 40%
Qualitative practical write-up  (1700 words) 15%
Quantitative practical write-up  (1000 words) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: GEOG2008

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