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Unit information: Group Research Project in 2018/19

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Unit name Group Research Project
Unit code GEOG20009
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Rachel Flecker
Open unit status Not open

All Year 1 mandatory Geography units.


GEOG25010 Spatial Modelling 2 and either Research Methods in Physical Geography or Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography.

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


The unit is designed to provide all second year Geography students with an opportunity to undertake and write-up a group-based, independent research project as preparation principally for their third-year dissertation. Its aims are:

  1. To apply the methodological expertise gained from GEOG25010 Spatial Modelling 2 and either Research Methods in Physical Geography or Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography as part of a guided research project.
  2. To design and write-up a dissertation-style project.
  3. To teach, monitor and assess group work through embedded peer evaluation and self-reflection of individual contributions to the team and the dynamics of team working

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to:

  1. Design and write-up an effective piece of research
  2. Employ a variety of methods for collecting and analysing geographical information
  3. Identify, download, quality control, manipulate and interpret common geographical datasets and critically assess their limitations.

The following transferable skills are developed in this Unit:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Team working and collaboration
  • Numeracy and computation
  • Planning and implementing research projects
  • Problem solving

Teaching details

Teaching is delivered through workshops and tutorials.

Assessment Details

The project assessment comprises 100% of the assessment. It is divided into three elements.

  • 15-minute Group Presentation (30% of the unit)
  • 8000-word Group Report (50% of the unit)
  • Peer review of group contribution (20% of the unit)

Feedback provided on the presentation feeds forward into improving the written report.

All of the assessments test all of the ILOs.

Reading and References


  • Clifford, N., and Valentine, G. (2004) Key Methods in Geography. Sage Publication.
  • Parsons, T., and Knight. P.G. (2001) How To Do Your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines. Nelson Thornes.