Field Skills and Project Planning for Independent Projects
This module prepares students for independent project work in years 3 and 4 through delivery of training in field methods thorough residential field classes combined with instruction in research project techniques and design. The module includes the following three components.
- At the start of semester 1 students will complete a briefing introducing forthcoming fieldwork contents and subsequently commence a six-day trip to the Assynt area of NW Scotland studying the interface between geology and geomorphology. Assessment of the trip will be a combination of evening work and a summary report submitted after the trip.
- In the latter half of semester 1 and continuing through semester 2 students will undertake study and analysis of available literature and data relating to proposed independent project work, and development of familiarity with appropriate laboratory- and field-based methods of retrieving and recording data. A summary report will be prepared introducing the project, detailing the proposed methodology, discussing potential problems and outlining a planned programme of study, accompanied by completed Hazard and Risk and Ethical Assessments forms for successful completion of the module.
- At the end of semester 2 or into the Easter vacation students will complete an eight-day field course in SW England. Assessment will be through coursework completed on the trip.
- Post-fieldwork Assynt report
- Project plan
- On trip fieldwork assessments for SW England trip
Compulsory components: students need to complete these elements in order to be permitted to carry out independent fieldwork): 1) First aid course and related MCQ; 2) signed HRA; 3) signed Ethics self-assessment.