BSc Geography with International Study

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Skills for Geographers

Course unit fact file
Unit code GEOG20621
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


Skills for Geographers is here to help you develop your research skills. It will enable you to consider and enhance skills that you are learning through your modules and broader university life, and teach you new research skills to undertake critical real-world enquiry in human and physical geography.


The unit aims to:

• To enable you to recognise and enhance the skills that you have as a Geographer;

• To improve skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking and reflection;

• To develop geographical research skills in quantitative and qualitative data gathering and interpretation;

• To provide training in practical skills and methodologies that are needed to develop a critical and organised approach to the execution and writing up of research project or dissertation.

Teaching and learning methods

This is a practical and varied course unit. There will be a mix of lectures, interactive discussions, and workshops on data analysis and presentation. Extensive material will be available on Blackboard including lecture slides selected reading material, reading lists, and information relating to the assessments

Knowledge and understanding

• Understand the key methodological requirements of a successful research project / dissertation.

• Plan and execute an independent piece of work relating to specialist research methods in physical and / or human geography;

Intellectual skills

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specialist research methods in physical and / or human geography;

• The ability to gather, synthesise, discuss, interpret and analyse data;

Practical skills

• Work effectively with quantitative datasets and understand key statistical concepts, including describing and displaying quantitative data, carrying out and interpreting the results of appropriate statistical tests

• The ability to use research skills to solve real world issues.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

• The ability to work independently;

• The ability to communicate proficiently in oral and written format;

Assessment methods

  • Quantitative Methods un-seen exam                        1 hour quiz                                  30%


  • Workshop assessment of your choice from two studied (essay, report, poster)       1,500 words or equivalent       70%

Feedback methods

Written feedback for the assessments will be provided within 15 working days.


Recommended reading

Reading will be supplied depending upon the workshops selected by studends

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 8
Seminars 18
Independent study hours
Independent study 174

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Peter Ryan Unit coordinator

Additional notes


This course is not open to Free Choice Students


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