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The goals of this course are to develop students' ability to undertake geographical research and to foster a critical appreciation of the research of others, both in preparation for graduate study and for entry into the workforce. This course takes a novel approach being based on problem-based learning in which students learn by being engaged in the research process. The training, practice and critical evaluation of the conduct of geographical research is carried out in groups with the communication of research findings using oral, numerate and written skills. The course is taught through occasional lectures and regular two-hour work-group meetings each week, supported by the availability of web-based resources, as well as active involvement in two field trips. The emphasis is on students working together to solve real world problems using transferable workplace skills.
30 points of 200 level geography, or in special cases with approval of the Head of Department.