Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


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 independently and in small groups, to undertake a field-based research project on a geography/urban planning-related issue in a designated location. Students are required to (i) undertake background research on the field site; (ii) design and implement appropriate research methods/tools to collect relevant primary data; (iii) analyse and interpret all primary and secondary data collected; and (iv) present their research plan/strategy and results in a written report and/or presentation.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) conduct independent desktop research, analysis and write-up; (2) implement a research strategy, analyse data and present results orally and textually; and (3) demonstrate ability to work independently, collaboratively and effectively in order to ensure timely delivery of research outputs..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) briefing Issues paper; (2) site assessment; and (3) strategic review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
or approval of the Unit Coordinator.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $720).
Contact hours
Workshops and labs: 3 hours per week
field trip up to 1 week (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student, transport provided)
The field trip is compulsory.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.