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.
Focused around two field courses with associated workshops and tutorials and project planning component comprising:
- 4 hours of lectures for pre- and on-trip briefings
- 3 x 2 hour hours of computer cluster based seminars
- 10 x 1 hour project planning and HRA sessions in computing cluster
- 4 hour first aid workshop [delivered with other programmes]
- 1 hour ethics workshop [delivered with other programmes]
- Post-fieldwork Assynt report (2,000 words; 30% of module)
- Project plan (2,500 word; 40% of module)
- On trip fieldwork assessments for SW England trip (30% of module)
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.