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 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.
Students are able to (1) independent desktop research, analysis and write-up; (2) design/implement research strategy, analyse data and present results orally and textually; and (3) learn to work independently, collaboratively and effectively in order to ensure timely delivery of research outputs..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) scoping report (individual); (2) oral presentation (group) (field notes and presentation); and (3) project report (individual). 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
approval of the Unit Coordinator.
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
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
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: 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.