GEOG3302 Geographic, Environment and Planning Fieldwork

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geographical Sciences; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
This unit provides students with hands-on experience in field research, group work and leadership with an explicit focus on geographical and planning problems. The unit requires students, working in small groups, to design a quantitative or qualitative field-based research project that can be conducted within a designated field location. Students then undertake the research as part of a field trip. The field trip is compulsory. The field work is followed by data analysis and group work to present a final report on the topic.
Students are able to (1) design and implement a field-based research project on a specific geographical and/or planning problem; (2) undertake the analysis and presentation of original field data; and (3) analyse and synthesise a 'real world' geographical and/or planning issue/problem within a written report.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research proposal; (2) in-field assessment (field notes and presentation); and (3) group project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Maginn
Unit rules
GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Advisable prior study:
GEOG3302 is a capstone experience in the Human Geography and Planning and Geographical Sciences majors and is advisable to take in sequence within these programs: GEOG2202 in second year, then either GEOG3305
GEOG3304 in Semester 1 of third year
GEOG3302 in Semester 2 of third year.
PLNG3304 Geographical and Planning Field Studies
Contact hours
workshops and labs: 3 hours per week; field trip: 1 week (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student, transport provided)
The field trip is compulsory.
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