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EV3404 - Field Studies in Tropical Geography

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

Field Studies in Tropical Geography is an intensive mode subject that teaches and develops the field skills needed by students of geography and cognate disciplines. The subject is taught in intensive mode in areas chosen to take advantage of current staff research activities and interests (e.g. Cape York, Singapore and other remote and offshore locations). Accordingly, destinations change from time to time. Field Studies in Tropical Geography is designed as a research training subject that will prepare students for independent research work. The focus will be on: coherent research design, appropriate choice of techniques and data sources, careful and disciplined data collection, rigorous analysis and clear presentation of results. The subject provides you with an excellent grounding in all aspects of the geographical research process. Quota applies.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an broad understanding of the research process, and how this is conducted in geography and cognate disciplines;
  • critically evaluate theories and models of understanding tropical landscapes;
  • devise, plan and conduct a research project incorporating relevant research methods;
  • communicate effectively and persuasively using oral and written skills.
Prerequisites: AT LEAST 15 CP AT LEVEL 2
GE3403 EV5404


Cairns, Study Period 3, Limited
Census Date 05-Feb-2015
Face to face teaching 17-Jan-2015 to 25-Jan-2015
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Lisa Law.
Workload expectations:
  • 56 hours fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (10%); review of literature pertaining to field site (20%); group presentation of results (30%); individually written research report (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.