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Human and Physical Geography Bay of Naples Field Trip

Module titleHuman and Physical Geography Bay of Naples Field Trip
Module codeGEO2314A
Academic year2018/9
Module staff

Dr Dunia H. Urrego ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Residential field work is an essential part of your degree programme at Exeter. This module provides an opportunity to develop and apply research skills in real world environments, normally consisting of two parts:

  • Pre-trip preparation, involving a lecture, workshops and self-directed study that provide you with the necessary background information and data to successfully undertake the field trip and sufficient time to develop a comprehensive group-based research project proposal.
  • The trip itself, which lasts six days and consists of a series of staff-led days and individual/group research project exercises.

Geography FCH students may elect to take this module if they are taking 60 or more credits in Geography at stage 2, including GEO2325 (Research Methods for Human Geography) or GEO2330 (Research Methods in Physical Geography), as well as either GEO2326 (Research Design in Human Geography) or GEO2331 (Research Design in Physical Geography).

Module aims - intentions of the module

This joint human and physical geography field trip has three main aims:

  • to provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through lecture-based modules to 'real-world' geographical study;
  • to give you further preparatory training for undertaking a dissertation, building on skills developed in stage 1; and
  • to enable you to develop skills for working in an inter-disciplinary environment and appreciating the natural and social science components of tackling contemporary geographical problems.

This module will help you develop skills to enhance your employability potential and career development by helping you to:

  • develop and evaluate research designs,
  • deploy research skills in different settings,
  • develop critical thinking skills in the field,
  • appreciate the role and importance of enquiry-led learning in undertaking each assessment,
  • participate in group-based communication and discussions,
  • negotiate contested/troublesome research issues,
  • adapt and be flexible in conducting research, and
  • communicate the findings of a research project in a professional manner.

This will help you to grow in academic confidence and practice how to develop and present your ideas in writing and for presentations. You will practice how to tackle research problems in the field and how to manage your time and workload effectively, working individually and in a group. The trip will develop your skills of group working, tackling inter-disciplinary research problems and appreciating the complementary nature of social and natural science approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe selected field-based methodologies and techniques used in collecting, analysing and presenting geographical information in human geography, and apply these with limited guidance
  • 2. Identify/formulate and evaluate questions or problems with limited guidance
  • 3. Design, execute and report on a short research project (with due consideration of safety and risk assessment)
  • 4. Apply, interpret and use qualitative and quantitative information effectively and appropriately
  • 5. Describe and explain the results of practical fieldwork and relate results to existing bodies of geographical knowledge
  • 6. Discuss specific case studies and examples relevant to specific themes relating to the field trip (e.g. risk, hazards, environmental management, heritage and tourism)
  • 7. Collect, interpret, evaluate and combine different types of geographical evidence and information

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Identify a diverse range of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding in human and physical geography
  • 9. Apply geographical concepts in different situations
  • 10. Outline the nature of change within human and natural environments
  • 11. Discuss reciprocal relationships between physical and human environments
  • 12. Explain the significance of spatial relationships as influences upon human and physical environments

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 13. Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means
  • 14. Use C&IT effectively and appropriately and with limited guidance to select, analyse, present and communicate geographical information
  • 15. Undertake independent/self-directed study/learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment
  • 16. Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses
  • 17. Appreciate the practical applications of research methods in inter-disciplinary settings and reflect on these within the context of student employability and professional development

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Before the field trip:

An introductory lecture and six workshop support sessions will enable you to prepare for the field trip.

During the field trip, the curriculum will be based around a series of staff-led and student-led exercises, focusing on key topics, of which the following are indicative:

  • Palaeovolcanism and civilisation
  • Geo-hazards and the modern landscape
  • Mapping and managing risk and vulnerabilities
  • Managing heritage tourism environments
  • Planning and development: negotiating risk and governing urban sprawl.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching7Pre-departure meetings and lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching48Participation in activities during field trip
Guided Independent Study73Pre-departure preparatory reading for group formative and summative assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study22Preparation for group and individual summative assessment during field trip


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group project proposal1000 words1-4, 6-17Written and oral
Field work notebook formative exercise and feedback4 hoursAllOral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group project presentation3020 minutes1-13, 15-17Oral
Group project poster30Two A1 posters1-13, 15-17Written
Individual field work notebook40Guide length: 8 pages of A5 hand-writing / sketches per field work day6-13, 15-17Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group project presentationSee notes belowNot applicableAugust ref/def
Group project posterSee notes belowNot applicableAugust ref/def
Individual field work notebookSee notes belowNot applicableAugust ref/def

Re-assessment notes

If you fail the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) or if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will be re-assessed for field work skills via two new assessments to be submitted for the August referred/deferred period::

  • A 20 minute PowerPoint presentation for a project agreed between the module convenor and student, to involve the equivalent of six days of field work;
  • A 2000 word project report, based on feedback from the presentation.

The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • A module handbook and additional resources appropriate to the fieldtrip will be issued during the first term.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Field trip, interdisciplinary, natural science, social science

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

GEO2325 Research Methods for Human Geography and GEO2326 Research Design in Human Geography (for BA or FCH students); GEO2330 Research Methods for Physical Geography and GEO2331 Research Design in Physical Geography (for BSc or FCH students)

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