Fieldwork Skills - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Exercises (50%) , Report (50%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit provides practical experience in preparing, conducting and analysing fieldwork from a geographical perspective. Skills in qualitative and quantitative data selection, collection and analysis will be developed together with training in the preparation and presentation of research results for a range of clients.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. to inculcate in students an analytical approach towards their geographical environment through field study of a selected area and/or topic
  2. practice a range of geographical fieldwork methods as well as understand their benefits and limitations
  3. plan creative and effective fieldwork types; construct basic fieldwork apparatus; introduce progression into fieldwork; use ICT in fieldwork
  4. plan pre & post-fieldwork activities; value the social dimension associated with fieldwork (group work, leadership tasks, communication, cooperation etc.) and be able to assess risk and be aware of safety concerns.
  • Exercises (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Fieldwork Skills and their Place in Geography
2Power, Subjectivity and Ethics in the Field
3Research Design and Rigour
4Interviewing and Oral Histories
5Surveys and Participant Observation
6Making use of government data
7Archival research and newspapers
8Presenting data clearly: communication and presentation of research results
9Analysing Data
10Focus Groups
11Cross-Cultural Research
12Fieldwork in the Workplace

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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