An introduction to field research in geography.
Field Research Methods provides students majoring in a BSc - Geography or BAppSc -
Environmental Management, the opportunity to learn and practise skills for collecting,
analysing and interpreting geographic data. GEOG 290 will provide examples of how
the specific knowledge, skills, techniques and values are relevant to the geographic
discipline. This content will then be supported by your laboratory session, where
you will work through a real case study and apply the critical and interpretative
skills necessary to interpret geographical data sets.
An introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a core component of this paper and hands-on experience using GIS software to solve geographic problems features in the second half of the paper.
A week long residential field school is the highlight of Field Research Methods. All students travel to a South Island location to work on a series of projects offering hands-on experience in designing sampling regimes, collecting field data, using field instruments and techniques and working as a team with fellow class members and departmental staff. The skills, values and knowledge from GEOG 290 will contribute significantly to your portfolio of graduate skills and knowledge that you will use in your chosen career.
|Paper title||Field Research Methods (Science)|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- GEOG 101 and GEOG 102
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
- More information link
- View further information about GEOG 290
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Wayne Stephenson
Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
- Paper Structure
- This paper is a full-year course and consists of one lecture and one 2-hour laboratory per week. The paper also includes a week-long residential field school (dates to be confirmed).
- Teaching Arrangements
GEOG 290 is a fully internal assessed paper. The final exam is held in September, prior to the official examination period.
- Field Trip 45%
- Computer Test 10%
- Final Exam 45%
- Rogerson, P.A. (2015) Statistical Methods of Geography - A Student's Guide. 4th Edition. Sage Publications, London.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper you should:
- Understand the broad framework of the scientific method and designing sampling regimes
- Articulate testable hypotheses and apply appropriate analytical techniques
- Develop proficiency in data interpretation from statistical analysis
- Develop skills working in a team toward collecting field-based data
- Competence with a range of field-based geographical techniques and instruments