Book of Modules 2009/2010

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GG1002 Introduction to Physical Geography
GG1003 Cultural Geography: An Introduction to Place, Space and Globalisation
GG1004 Economic Geography: An Introduction to Societies, Economies and Global Development
GG1005 Physical Geography: An Introduction to the Earth and the Atmosphere
GG2005 Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology
GG2010 Cities and People
GG2014 Geography of Tourism
GG2016 The Atmospheric Environment
GG2022 Field Work
GG2023 Economic and Rural Geography
GG2024 Social and Political Geography
GG2025 Biogeography
GG2027 Environmental Analysis: Field Data Course
GG2037 Introduction to Geoinformatics
GG2038 Geographical Research Methods
GG2039 Geographical Data Analysis
GG2040 Geographies of Environment and Sustainability
GG3001 The Nature of Geography
GG3003 Contemporary Studies of the European Union
GG3006 Research Methods and Dissertation
GG3007 Coastal Geomorphology
GG3009 Geography as Human Ecology
GG3010 Great Cities and their Planning
GG3012 Advanced Geographical Information Systems
GG3013 Marine Environments
GG3027 Regional and Local Planning Issues and Policies
GG3028 Field Work
GG3029 Atlantic Europe
GG3037 Geography of Heritage
GG3038 The Irish Diaspora
GG3039 Dynamic Climatology
GG3041 Environmental Remote Sensing
GG3042 Climatic Variability and Change
GG3043 Historical Geographies of the City
GG3045 Food Geography
GG4008 Research Project
GG5008 Applications of Geographical Information Systems
GG6003 Coastal Information Technologies: Application of Remote Sensing
GG6007 Coastal Zone Management
GG6008 Geographical Information Systems and their Applications
GG6009 Applied Techniques in Geography
GG6010 Strategies & Critical Approaches to Research Design
GG6011 Coastal and Environmental Functioning
GG6012 Research Dissertation in Coastal Management
GG6104 Foundations in Planning and Sustainable Development
GG6105 Introduction to Planning Practice and Skills
GG6204 Planning and Management of Natural Resources
GG6205 Place, Neighbourhood and Urban Design
GG6401 Introduction to Migration and Diaspora Studies
GG6402 Research Methods and Sources in Migration and Diaspora Studies
GG6403 Case Studies and Current Issues in Migration and Diaspora Studies
GG6404 Dissertation, Migration and Diaspora Studies
GG6405 Work Placement, Programme for Migration and Diaspora Studies
GG6501 Intro to Geographical Information Systems
GG6503 Cartography and Visualisation
GG6504 Digital Image Processing
GG6505 Applications of Geoinformatics
GG6506 Technologies and Systems
GG6507 Implementation of Geoinformatics
GG6509 Spatial Data Analysis
GG6510 Research Methods
GG6511 Independent Research
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Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

International visiting students should consult the International Education Office regarding selection of modules.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

GG1002 Introduction to Physical Geography

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Max 90.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (2 x 1 day Field Courses); 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 7 x 3hr(s) Practicals (including field exercise as appropriate).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts; Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography; Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To establish the principles of environmental systems, Earth surface processes and Physical Geography.

Module Content: The module will cover foundational elements in Earth surface processes, mass and energy flows, environmental systems operations, geomorphology, environmental management,meteorology and climate science, biogeography. Specific treatment will be given to the processes of weathering; slope, fluvial, ice, arid and coastal systems; the soil system; atmospheric structure and dynamic meteorology; biogeography and the links of physical Earth processes with the biosphere.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have awareness of and a foundational understanding of the key elements and processes involved in the functioning of key Earth environmental systems.
· Have developed an understanding of the operation of environmental systems at a range of scales, from the global level to regional scales (e.g., the Cork region).
· Collect and examine primary geographical field data and have begun to work in a field setting.
· Understand how the physical and cultural-human areas of geography are linked and have awareness of the importance of field-based research in studying environmental components and processes.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 55 marks; Continuous Assessment 45 marks (7 x 3hr Practical Reports 21 marks; 2 x 1 day Field Reports 24 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG1003 Cultural Geography: An Introduction to Place, Space and Globalisation

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Max 250.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): GG1004, GG1005

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Seminars (Tutorials/ practicals).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the methods and scope of the geographical study of world cultures, nations and lifestyles, paying particular attention to key concepts such as place, time and space and globalisation.

Module Content: This module introduces the student to the philosophical basis of the discipline and its methods and, in particular, examines the relationship between culture and landscape transformation; between politics and territorial organisation; and contemporary issues in the 'new' cultural geography.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Examine key fundamental concepts in cultural geography;
· Enhance technical skills to think and write geographically;
· Develop a greater understanding of the complex interactions between global and local forces as evident, for example, by development in the Cork region.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Assignments/ coursework).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG1004 Economic Geography: An Introduction to Societies, Economies and Global Development

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Max 250.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): GG1003, GG1005

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Seminars (Tutorials/ practicals).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the complexities and contemporary patterns and processes of development.

Module Content: This module explores the dynamics of contemporary development and its relationships with society, economy, culture and environment. The concept of globalisation is introduced and how local/regional communities can respond to such powerful global forces. Themes addressed include: multinational coporations, foreign direct investment and trade, local enterprise, consumerism, urbanisation, changing land uses and personal spaces. The Cork region will be used to identify some of these patterns and processes.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Examine the factors which shape contemporary development at a variety of spatial scales - global, national, regional and local.
· Appreciate geography as a discipline which emphasises complex patterns of development.
· Identify global processes as central elements in influencing local activities and prospects.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Assignments/ coursework).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG1005 Physical Geography: An Introduction to the Earth and the Atmosphere

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Max 250.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): GG1003, GG1004

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Seminars (Tutorials/ practicals).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To establish the principles of physical geography, concentrating upon the operation of environmental systems, Earth surface and atmospheric processes.

Module Content: Module content: The module will cover foundational elements of Earth environmental processes, as linked to the study of mass and energy flows, environmental systems, geomorphology, biogeography, meteorology and climate science. Specific treatment will be given to geomorphic systems (e.g., weathering, slopes fluvial, ice, arid and coastal systems), atmospheric structure and climate processes, biogeography and of the links of physical Earth processes with the biosphere. The role of people in Earth environments will be considered.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have awareness of and a foundational understanding of the key elements and processes involved in the functioning of key Earth environmental systems.
· Have developed an understanding of the operation of environmental systems at a range of scales, from the global level to regional scales (e.g., the Cork region).
· Collect and examine primary geographical field data and have begun to work in a field setting.
· Identify how the physical and cultural-human areas of geography are linked and have awareness of the importance of field-based research in studying environmental components and processes.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Assignments/ coursework).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG2005 Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: -.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or ER1006 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (8hrs Fieldwork (or alternative practical work)); 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Module Objective: To examine the primary issues of Quaternary environment and changes and to build on the principles and practices of geomorphology.

Module Content: This examination will include the study of the geomorphology and associated sedimentary processes of key environmental system(s), for example, glacial-cold regions, fluvial, and coastal. Quaternary environmental changes of, for example, glacial/inter-glacial cycles, linked climate changes, plant and animal history, human impacts on the environment and key analytical techniques in Quaternary studies and geomorphology will be treated.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify key concepts and understanding in the fields of Quaternary Studies and in linked areas of geomorphology;
· Enhance their ability both to think and write geographically and to have a greater understanding of the complex of environmental interactions operating between global to local scales.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Field Reports and/or Practicals).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG2010 Cities and People

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1003 or GG1004

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Hourihan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Hourihan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To appreciate the development of modern cities and their impact on human behaviour.

Module Content: This module examines the processes which have shaped and modified cities in the developed world over the past two centuries. It considers the impact of the changes on the people living in urban areas and examines problems like transport and social life, together with policies and plans for them.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Appreciate the evolution of cities over the past two centuries,
· Investigate the nature and causes of major urban problems,
· Evaluate the major policies and plans that seek to address these issues.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn.

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GG2014 Geography of Tourism

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1003 or GG1004

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 22 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Crowley, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Crowley, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To outline the evolving nature of tourism development and its impact on society.

Module Content: This module will examine the rapidly changing geographical relationships and environmental impacts of the tourist industry. Particular attention will be focused on the geography of tourism in Ireland and Western Europe generally. Special emphasis will also be placed on the expanding heritage industry in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify and evaluate the key factors underpinning the growth and development of the Irish tourist industry.
· Apply the principles of sustainability to tourism developments in an Irish and wider European context.
· Analyse the differing socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts that tourism may exert on a destination.
· Identify and review new forms of tourism and the creation of new tourist geographies.
· Evaluate the role of niche markets in an expanding tourist sector.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn.

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GG2016 The Atmospheric Environment

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 55.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (6hrs Group work).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Una M. Ni Chaoimh, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Una M. Ni Chaoimh, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide an opportunity of understanding the processes involved in the Earth's weather patterns.

Module Content: A study of major processes influencing weather worldwide. Particular attention will be given to weather conditions that occur during the period of the module.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss weather events in terms of meteorological processes.
· Analyse meteorological charts and satellite images in terms of theoretical meteorological processes for forecasting and diagnostic purposes.
· Present appropriately referenced reports on the role of meteorological processes in producing specific weather events and regional climates.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x Project 50 marks; 5 assignments 20 marks (4 marks each); 1 x 1hr In-class Examination 30 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must revise and resubmit project, as prescribed by the Department. Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of in-class examination and assignments, as prescribed by the Dept).

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GG2022 Field Work

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1003 and GG1004 and GG1005

Co-requisite(s): GG2021 or equivalent

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (1-week fieldwork); 6 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 4 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: The module provides students with the opportunity to practice methods of geographical field work and carry out on-site study of a geographical area.

Module Content: In lectures students will be introduced to the cultural, economic, historical and physical background of the area they are to study. Students will then spend seven days based in a location either in Ireland or abroad during which time they will carry out assignments that require the use of geographical field research methods (e.g. surveying, field observation, interviewing, mapping analysis, measurement) attend visits/lectures on local issues and discuss issues related to research in the area at course seminars.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Develop a variety of different methodological approaches relating to the retrieval of data, the interpretation of data and their analysis.
· Report findings in workshops, focus groups.
· Work as a team and prepare group reports.
· Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, theories and ideas that can be applied in practice to the 'real world' in an unfamiliar location
· Design and undertake research activities through selection and application of appropriate methods in order to explore spatial dimensions of the human and physical environment
· Describe, analyse and evaluate at first hand the landscapes, places, people and inter-relationships of the location in which you have been based
· Demonstrate independent learning through the keeping of a detailed field notebook
· Develop a 'Geographer's Eye' for reading and interpreting landscapes.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Field Practice 30 marks; 1 x 1,000 word Essay 15 marks; 1 field report 35 marks; Presentation 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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GG2023 Economic and Rural Geography

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 130.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1003 or GG1004

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (1 x ? Field Day); 22 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography; Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To understand the complexities and interactions of economic and rural geography.

Module Content: Both rural and industrial societies changed significantly through the twentieth century. These changes are underlined by a variety of forces such as innovation and technology, business restructuring, rural industrialisation, new opportunities for service employment, counter-urbanisation, migration, flexible labour markets and regional development policies. In the emergence of new industrial and rural spaces, the relationships between outside forces - such as MNEs, the EU and the state - and local interests are critical.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify the key socio-cultural processes which transform rural Europe.
· Assess the influences of the globalised economy in reshaping rural space.
· Utilise methodologies to analyse socio-economic changes in rural space.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x 2,500 word Essay 40 marks; 1 Field Report 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG2024 Social and Political Geography

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1003 or GG1004

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 4 Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Denis Linehan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr James MacLaughlin, Department of Geography; Dr Denis Linehan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide a foundation in contemporary social and political geography.

Module Content: Within the context offered by social and political geography, this module explores current approaches to the study of identity and social and racial exclusion to develop critical and grounded understandings of social and political geography in both students' immediate geographical milieux and in cultural regions in Ireland and Europe. The course will investigate the relationships between society and space and demonstrate how the mapping identity on to geography can expose unequal relationships between groups and individuals. Topics will range over issues concerned with the geographies of race, migration, gender, minorities, sexuality, home, children and disability.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand key aspects of the sub-disciplines of Social and Political Geography.
· Examine critical debates within Social and Political Geography.
· Critically consider key concepts such as place, space, home, identity, and difference.
· Work through empirical examples of interconnections between people, places and spaces.
· Develop confidence and competency in critical reading of a range of academic, popular, and visual texts, and to synthesise this material in both seminar discussions and in high-quality essays/reviews.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x 3,000 word project).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG2025 Biogeography

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Eileen O'Rourke, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Eileen O'Rourke, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To study the distribution of biological material over the Earth's surface, and the factors responsible for the observed spatial variations.

Module Content: A grounding is provided in fundamental ecological relationships between organisms and their environment, within an ecosystems framework. A combined ecological, geographical and historical approach is taken to understand current biogeographical patterns of distribution. The reciprocal relationship between humans and the biosphere will be studied within such topics as evolution, biodiversity, nature conservation and environmental degradation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify global biogeographical patterns in the distribution of organisms.
· Analyse the historical, geographical and ecological factors that shape global biogeographical distribution patterns.
· Outline the centrality of the theory of evolutionary in biogeography.
· Assess the Theory of Island Biogeography along with its application to the design of nature reserves and in conservation practices.
· Outline the principle theories and practices in conservation biogeography.
· Examine the key issues in the study and measurement of biodiversity.
· Assess the reciprocal relationship between humans and the biosphere.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn.

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GG2027 Environmental Analysis: Field Data Course

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or equivalent

Co-requisite(s):

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (7 x 1 day Field Days).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts; Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To study and practice geographical and wider physical environmental field analytical techniques.

Module Content: The following topics will be covered at an advanced level: mapping and terrain analysis techniques, map interpretation, field survey and GPS, slopes analysis and linked process geomorphological techniques (e.g. of glaciated, river-humid, coastal environments) Quaternary sedimentary evaluation and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions (e.g. coring and ground survey techniques), approaches to the analysis of human impacts on environments - treatment of environmental management issues.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· provide the student with key concepts and understanding in the fields of physical geography and in related areas of the Earth and other environmental sciences
· collect and examine earth and geographical field data and to have practised a range of field techniques
· have awareness of the importance of field-based reserach in studying environmental components and processes
· enhance their thinking, analytical, writing and reporting skills.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Field Report at end of field course 60 marks; Field Notebook at end of field course 40 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG2037 Introduction to Geoinformatics

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1003 or GG1004 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 10 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography; Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To give students an introduction to the key concepts, principles and theory of GIS, Remote Sensing, global satellite positioning systems, and related geoinformatics technologies, their use in Geographical and Earth Sciences, and practical techniques of spatial data analysis.

Module Content: Integrated lectures and practical exercises are designed to introduce students to techniques and systems for geographical information manipulation and analysis. Concepts of spatial data, databases, data models, data sources, data acquisition and image analysis are explored in lectures and reinforced by computer-based assignments. Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing to geographical issues are considered.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe and understand the nature, characteristics, strengths and limitations of spatial databases as models of geographical reality.
· Identify appropriate data structure(s) for representing a range of geographical objects and phenomena drawn from the real world.
· Discuss the socio-economic importance and role of geographical information in modern society.
· Demonstrate knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum and how radiation of different wavelengths interacts with features on the earth's surface.
· Interpret digital images acquired by different sensors.
· Apply image processing techniques in order to enhance the quality of information derived from images.
· Collect data in the field using GPS handsets, and integrate these with GIS and remotely sensed data for display and analysis purposes
· Use standard, commercial Windows-based GIS and image processing software.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (8 practical exercises 10 marks each, 1 x 1500 word essay 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG2038 Geographical Research Methods

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 250.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1003 or GG1004 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): GG2039

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide students with a range of skills necessary for the collection of data related to Geographical and Earth Sciences.

Module Content: This module provides an introduction to the wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection used for research in geospatial disciplines. Techniques of primary data collection within the physical and social geosciences are considered, and secondary sources of data examined. Maps and case studies are an integral part of the module, and underpin research design and data collection strategies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the difference between primary and secondary data.
· Identify sources of primary and secondary data.
· Describe the philosophy and rationale of the research process, and be able to formulate research questions.
· Develop strategies for data collection and assess their respective strengths and weaknesses.
· Outline how to collect data for different geospatial studies.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn.

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GG2039 Geographical Data Analysis

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 250.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1003 or GG1004 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): GG2038

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide students with a range of skills necessary for the analysis and presentation of data related to Geographical and Earth Sciences.

Module Content: This module provides an introduction to the wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis used for research in geospatial disciplines. Two key approaches to the analysis of data will be studied, namely cartographic presentation and visualisation of spatial data, and statistical and quantitative methods of extracting information from data.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the principles of effective cartography and map design.
· Correctly apply common basic statistical techniques.
· Collect primary data and assess their limitations.
· Develop strategies for data interpretation, analysis and presentation.
· Use Excel and Powerpoint for data analysis and presentation.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (4 assignments, 25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmit Continuous Assessment (whether passed or failed) (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG2040 Geographies of Environment and Sustainability

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1003 or GG1004 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sage, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sage, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To review the evolution of human demands on natural resources and the transformations of the physical environment by human societies. To examine some of the key contributions of geographers to the study of this topic. To critically evaluate the notion of sustainability and the kinds of policy measures and institutional developments required to resolve our contemporary environmental predicaments and to create more sustainable societies.

Module Content: The module critically explores the intersection of economic development and environment, outlining the ways in which a growth-centred approach has significantly impacted upon the natural environment from local to global scales with enormous consequences for the health and welfare of people and nations. Focussing upon energy, sustenance, and settlement the module will explore the degree to which current levels and patterns of resource use diverge from those that might be considered 'sustainable'. Finally, the module will examine the measures needed to bring some degree of convergence between these two trajectories, and will argue that geography has a leading role to play in a new paradigm of environmental governance.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate a sound general understanding of the diverse environmental challenges facing many different societies around the world and the role that market-led development plays in this process.
· Reflect upon the representation of environmental issues as they arise within public debate and be able to contribute to that debate in an informed and thoughtful manner through written and oral argument.
· Develop a more critical analytical approach toward the agents and drivers of resource depletion and environmental degradation, especially the role played by conspicuous consumption in late modern societies.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x Poster presentation).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG3001 The Nature of Geography

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1002 or GG1003 or GG1004 or GG1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Prof William Smyth, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide students with a clear insight and understanding as to the major organising ideas and key individuals in the development of geography as a discipline.

Module Content: Analysis of the major ideas and forces which have shaped the development of geography, with the greater emphasis on current trends and debates on the relative significance of locational/spatial; ecological/environmental; regional/chorological; mathematical and behavioural approaches in the discipline. The positivist, humanist and structuralised post modern debates.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Enhance the understanding of the development of geography as a distinctive discipline.
· Identify some of the major paradigms that have emerged particularly in the recent past.
· Establish a critical appreciation of complex inter-relationships within contemporary geoggraphy.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn.

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GG3003 Contemporary Studies of the European Union

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Barry Brunt, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To promote a better appreciation of the impact of common European policies on socio-economic development in member states of the EU.

Module Content: This module deals with the emergence and evolution of the European Union. Themes addressed include the geographic concept of Europe, the CAP, energy systems, industrialisation and de-industrialisation, Trans European Networks, population trends and the labour market, Structural Funds and regional coherence, future prospects for the EU.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain Europe as a distinctive but evolving global region.
· Demonstrate the role of European Union policies in reshaping the geography of European development.
· Assess the complex geography of key sectors and components of socio-economic development within the EU.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (2 x approx. 1,200 word Reports 10 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3006 Research Methods and Dissertation

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: -.

Pre-requisite(s): GG2021and GG2022

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 6 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; Directed Study (Independent Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To develop research techniques and writing skills on an agreed topic in Geography.

Module Content: (1) Topics are chosen from a range of research themes specified by the Geography Department. The chosen topic is then developed by the student in consultation with their departmental supervisor. Fieldwork (including library and laboratory work as appropriate) is an essential part of the dissertation. (2) Guidelines for submission of dissertation: The dissertation work must be submitted as a hardbound manuscript; length 8,000 words (Joint and Single Honours). Submission date for all students: 31st March for registration in the Departmental Office.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research.
· Locate, analyse and synthesise a body of primary and secondary source material appropriate to the dissertation topic.
· Produce an original piece of research which will develop interpretative, analytical and writing skills.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Dissertation).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must revise and resubmit dissertation for evaluation by mid-August, as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3007 Coastal Geomorphology

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 45.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (8hr Fieldtrip or 8 hrs Practicals or Research Project, as specified by the Department); 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Module Objective: To examine coastal geomorphological and linked coastal science themes, together with related aspects of coastal management.

Module Content: The study of geomorphological and other linked physical earth surface process controls influencing the development of coastal environments, from local to global scales. Themes covered include those of wave studies, coastal sediments and beach development, coastal erosion and sea-level changes. Study of coastal management and planning themes are also important in this module.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify key concepts and understanding in the fields of coastal science, coastal geomorphology and in coastal management;
· Enhance their thinking, analytical, writing and reporting skills;
· Collect and examine primary coastal field data and have worked in a field setting;
· Have an awareness of the importance of field-based research in studying environmental components and processes and to understand how the physical and cultural-human areas of geography are linked.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (2 x 1 day Field Report or 1 x 2,000 word essay or Laboratory Practicals, as specified by the Department).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3009 Geography as Human Ecology

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 60.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 17 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (5 x 1hr Workshops/Seminar Sessions).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Eileen O'Rourke, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Eileen O'Rourke, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To critically examine the nature of the human - environment relationship, so that we may have a deeper understanding of contemporary human ecological issues.

Module Content: The first part of the course examines the conceptual and theoretical nature of human environmental interaction, set within a historical context. Different ways of looking at the world and ideas about what constitutes valid knowledge, along with the methodological difficulties of linking natural and social science disciplines will be discussed. In the second section of the course a number of practical examples relating to human ecological issues, such as land degradation, nature conservation and the management of cultural landscapes, will be presented.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline the fundamental principles of human ecology.
· Formulate a historical perspective on the relationship between humans and the natural world.
· Critically assess contemporary approaches to the study of human - environmental interactions, drawing on insights from ecology, geography, anthropology, psychology and philosophy.
· Examine the centrality of interdisciplinarity of knowledge from both the natural and social sciences.
· Articulate human-animal relations.
· Apply human-ecological principles to the study of the cultural landscape.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 65 marks; Continuous Assessment 35 marks (Essay 2000 words).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the department).

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GG3010 Great Cities and their Planning

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG2010

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (Student Presentations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Hourihan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Hourihan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To examine the development of modern urban planning and its impact on the world's great cities.

Module Content: This module examines the processes and individuals who influenced the development of town planning in the 19th Century in Britain, the United States and Continental Europe. It considers the geography and problems of some of the largest and most important cities in the world, and the way in which planning has affected them since the Second World War.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Appreciate the emergence of urban planning during the nineteenth century,
· Interrogate the different traditions in Britain, the United States, and Continental Europe,
· Investigate the geography and planning of some major world cities.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1,000 word Report).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3012 Advanced Geographical Information Systems

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 35.

Pre-requisite(s): GG2019 or GG2037

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 5 x 2hr(s) Practicals ((Project work may be used as an alternative to laboratory practicals, as appropriate)).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To develop and expand on students' skills/knowledge of GIS, with particular emphasis on techniques for spatial analysis.

Module Content: Advanced studies in computer-based techniques and systems for geographical information handling and analysis, database designs and links with the mathematical modelling and analysis of environmental systems; case studies of GIS applications to specific environments.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Differentiate between geographical information systems (GIS) and geographical information science (GIScience), and discuss the main components and elements of each.
· Distinguish between object- and field-based views of geographical phenomena, and identify data structure(s) for representing these in two and three spatial dimensions and in time.
· Discuss critically the professional, legal and ethical dimensions of geographical information and its use in modern society.
· Identify the relationship between GIS and related information technologies, including global positioning satellite systems (GPSS), internet mapping / GIS and the World Wide Web, and mobile telephony, and know how to work at the interface of these various technologies.
· Identify the emerging role of spatial data infrastructures within modern society. Create their own basic GIS application, using a standard, commercial Windows-based GIS package.
· Undertake a range of manipulations and analyses of spatial data, and generate output in cartographic and other forms.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (Assignments).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3013 Marine Environments

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 70.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Other (24 x 1hr Lectures/Project Work).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts; Mr Jeremy Gault, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science.

Module Objective: To provide an introduction to the management of ocean environments and foundational oceanography.

Module Content: Examination of the principal geomorphological, physical, chemical and biological controls upon the oceans; studies of human influences on the oceans, including issues of resource use, fisheries management, pollution and political division.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Be provided with key concepts and understanding in the field of oceanography and of the links between the functioning of the oceans and people's impacts upon ocean environments;
· Enhance their ability both to think and write geographically and to have a greater understanding of the complex of environmental interactions operating between global to local scales.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 65 marks; Continuous Assessment 35 marks (MCQ 10 marks; 1 x 1,500 word Project Paper 25 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3027 Regional and Local Planning Issues and Policies

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 120.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 6hr(s) Fieldwork (Field Trip); 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography, Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide a real-world introduction to the Irish planning system in its social, economic, political and environmental context.

Module Content: Regional and local planning issues, dialogues and strategies, the public administrative and policy context of planning within Ireland and the wider global setting

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate an appreciation of the environmental, social and economic contexts in which planning decisions, strategies and decisions are made;
· Engage knowledgably on some of the key planning issues of the day; and, in a general way, to explain the systems of citizen participation, governance and political organization within which planning operates.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (Essay/Field Report 40 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG3028 Field Work

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: -.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (Field Work).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To teach fundamentals of the Geography and linked Earth Sciences Field Work Programmes.

Module Content: To examine and interpret the geography of an area (both physical and human geography) in Ireland or abroad. To practise the techniques and skills of field work and applied environmental studies. To examine the geographical processes seen in this area and to understand the interplay between different aspects of environmental functioning.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Develop skills in field observation and measurement techniques.
· Test theoretical models of environmental processes in the Mediterranean.
· Identify key diagnostic seasonal and diurnal features of the Mediterranean atmosphere and thier synoptic variations.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3029 Atlantic Europe

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 120.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Fieldwork (Field Trip); 22 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To examine and delimit the key processes that have transformed Atlantic Europe over the last millennium. These key processes are contextualised with reference to the literature on the subject.

Module Content: Some of the major themes addressed are the Iberian reconquest, the country and town in Islamic and Christian Iberia, the discoveries and the emergence of port cities and urban networks, proto-industrial developments, and rural and urban change.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Evaluate the major themes concerning the evolution and change of rural and urban landscapes in Atlantic Europe and in particular Atlantic Iberia.
· Identify the methodologies involved in comparative rural and urban historical geography.
· Acquire an understanding of the processses involved in urban and rural change driven by discrete political economies.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 90 marks; Continuous Assessment 10 marks (1 x 1,500 word Field Report).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG3037 Geography of Heritage

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1001 or GG1002 or equivalent

Co-requisite(s): GG3001

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Crowley, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Crowley, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To understand the role of heritage in contemporary studies.

Module Content: This module examines the meaning of heritage in contemporary societies. It will specifically deal with issues of conservation and representation. Important heritage landscapes continue to be threatened by modern development. By focusing on specific case studies, it will examine the value placed on heritage in society. The politics of heritage will also be explored. Questions of identity, nationalism, and multiculturalism are central to then to any discussion of the geography of heritage.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Critically analyse the role of heritage in contemporary society.
· Assess the importance of conservation in an urban context .
· Interpret and evaluate the significance of a series of heritage landscapes.
· Apply the principles of good interpretation to museum exhibitions and galleries.
· Discuss the role of heritage in a divided society.
· Examine and question the extent to which specific aspects of Irish heritage have been 'commodified'.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn.

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GG3038 The Irish Diaspora

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 70.

Pre-requisite(s): GG1001, GG2021 or equivalents

Co-requisite(s): GG3001 or equivalent

Teaching Methods: 2 x 1hr(s) Workshops; 22 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To explore the social, cultural and economic dimensions of migration to and from Ireland over the past 200 years.

Module Content: We will focus on some of the key debates in the academic literature on the Irish diaspora and Irish migration. The module will draw on current theoretical perspectives on migration, globalisation and identities, and students will be encouraged to set familiar and popular stories and representations of migration within appropriate conceptual frameworks. This module will be delivered mainly via lectures, but approximately two hours of interactive workshops will be incorporated also, focusing on developing skills in critical reading and analysis

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify the key patterns and process of migration to and from Ireland over the past 250 years;
· Situate Ireland within the context of global migration and economic processes;
· Have an appreciation of the gendered nature of Irish migration the key social issues facing the Irish abroad;
· Identify the origins and dynamics of dominant narratives and stereotypes of the Irish abroad and of Irish migration;
· Identify the key aspects of the development of an Irish diasporic consciousness;
· Examine the role of racialisation processes in Irish experiences of emigration and immigration;
· Examine the arguments presented in some of the key debates in the academic literature on the Irish diaspora and Irish migration;
· Critically review popular cultural representations of the Irish diaspora.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 75 marks; Continuous Assessment 25 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3039 Dynamic Climatology

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 0, Max 70.

Pre-requisite(s): GG2012 or GG2016

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (6hrs Assignments).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Una M. Ni Chaoimh, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: A study of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics with particular emphasis on mid-latitude systems and their forecasting.

Module Content: This module deepends the study of the atmosphere undertaken in GG2016. Energy budget, moisture processes, convection, planetary and local-scale dynamics, synoptic and mesoscale mid-latitude systems, forecasting, pressure chart and thermodynamic diagram analysis.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Analyse the development of synoptic scale weather events in terms of dynamic and thermodynamic processes.
· Use reanalysis data to construct diagnostic charts of weather systems.
· Run an atmospheric model and carry out a validation of model output.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project 50 marks; In-class test 25 marks; 4 x assignments 6.25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG3041 Environmental Remote Sensing

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To give students an understanding of the role of remote sensing in identifying, monitoring and mitigating the effects of changes in the physical and human environment.

Module Content: Through analysis of examples taken from across the world the application of air and space borne remote sensing in studying environmental change will be investigated. Topics covered include changes in the biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and urban areas. The role of remote sensing in contemporary natural disasters and in policy formation will also be addressed, and ethical issues examined.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the fundamental principles of radiation interactions with the atmosphere and surface that underlie remote sensing.
· Summarise a range of environmental applications in which remote sensing provides an important source of data and information.
· Evaluate the role of remote sensing with respect to enhancing our knowledge of the Earth's environment.
· Summarise the advantages and benefits offered by remotely sensed data.
· Summarise the limitations and problems of using remotely sensed data.
· Evaluate the role of remote sensing in the future.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks ( 1 X 2,500 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG3042 Climatic Variability and Change

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): GG2012 or GG2016

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Una M. Ni Chaoimh, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Una M. Ni Chaoimh, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To study the changes that are ocurring in contemporary climates and the methods used to investigate climate change and variability.

Module Content: Current issues in climate change and climate varability; basic statistical techniques applied to climate and climatic change; use of statistical software to analyse climate change.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Appreciate the key atmospheric processes related to climate change and variability.
· Analyse observed or modelled climate data to identify key processes involved in climatic variability and change.
· Assess the role of human activity in climatic variability and change.
· Recognise the limitations of meterological and climate data and challenges involved in identifying causes of climate change and variability.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project 50 marks; In-class test 25 marks; lab assignments 25 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG3043 Historical Geographies of the City

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Denis Linehan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Denis Linehan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: This module is dedicated to the study of historical geographies of the city, with a particular focus on the impacts of modernity on urban life in the 19th and 20th Century. Through the study of urban transformations, the module will explore the principle geographical concerns within modernity; namely, the reconfiguration of spatial relations, the reorientation of spatial experience and the remaking spatial practices. The module will present an advanced introduction to debates in contemporary historical and cultural geography, with a particular emphasis on spatial and social theory, and conceptual and methodological strategies for considering primary research material.

Module Content: This module will investigate the transformation of the Western and Colonial City and the emergence of modernity in a number of geographical arenas. The historical geographies of key cities, notably Chicago, Dublin, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Vienna and Shanghai will form the backdrop to investigations into the transformations of the urban experience. Specific topics will include: the emergence of the public sphere; modern forms of governance; the impact of communication technology; the rise of consumption; the relationships between gender and public space; the construction of subjectivity within the metropolis. Students will be guided through these thematic areas through the detailed study of a suite of urban spaces including: the coffee house; the factory; the cinema; the museum; the public park; the department store and the airport.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Introduce the main dimensions of the idea of modernity, drawing upon recent debates in historical and cultural geography.
· Demonstrate the central place of the modern city in accounts of modernity, in a global context.
· Engage in a range of social and spatial theory to assist their interpretation of the urban process.
· Identify new methodology to analyze primary source material in project contexts.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 75 marks; Continuous Assessment 25 marks (1 x 1,500 word project).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG3045 Food Geography

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Sage, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Sage, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To critically evaluate the emergence and development of the contemporary global food system; and to examine the social, economic and environmental consequences for the many different spaces that support the production, processing, distribution, retailing and consumption of food in this highly integrated global industry.

Module Content: This module addresses the contemporary global food system: what, how, where and why food is produced. It examines the evolution and co-existence of different agricultural systems around the world; the role of corporate actors in the transformation and retailing of global foods; and the changing nature of consumers and consumption within this system. The module will explore the dynamics and contradictions of a food system that, while heralding ever-widening consumer choice, leaves one billion people food insecure and hungry; and impacts significantly on the global environment.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate a sound general understanding of the environmental, political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of food production, distribution and consumption.
· Define and assess the nature of the linkages between producers, intermediaries and consumers in the contemporary global food system.
· Develop a more critical analytical approach toward the activities and representation of transnational food and agribusiness corporations.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x poster presentation).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG4008 Research Project

Credit Weighting: 15

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 6 x 1month(s) Directed Study; Other (Independent Student Research i.e. Field, Laboratories, Library, Seminars, research dissertation etc.).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: The development of learned skills from the degree programme and the innovation of the student's own research and subject interest in a relevant field of Geography.

Module Content: (1) Topics are chosen from a range of research themes specified by the Geography Department. The chosen topic is then developed by the student in consultation with his/her departmental supervisor. Fieldwork (including library and laboratory work as appropriate) is an essential part of the dissertation. (2) Guidelines for submission of dissertation: The dissertation work must be submitted as a hardbound manuscript; length 10,000 words. Submission date for all students: last Friday of final term (TP2) for registration in the Departmental Administrator's Office.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Produce a coherent and well structured analysis of a chosen research topic in geography, to be able to collect and examine geographical field data and to have practised work in a field setting
· Have an awareness of the importance of field-based research in studying environmental components and processes
· Enhance their thinking, analytical, reporting, writing and, as appropriate, technical, laboratory and numerical skills.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: End of Year Written Examination 45 marks; Continuous Assessment 255 marks (Project Aims and Procedures Document 15 marks; Project Interim Presentation 15 marks; Supervisor's Report 15 marks; 1 X 10,000 word Research Project to be submitted during Teaching Period 2 210 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must revise and resubmit research project for evaluation by mid-August as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG5008 Applications of Geographical Information Systems

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 8 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 2hr(s) Practicals (Exercises).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography; Staff, Department of Geography, Staff Coastal and Marine Resources Centre.

Module Objective: To develop specialist skills and expertise in the application of geographical information systems and related technologies, as they relate to specific disciplines and areas.

Module Content: GIS design and application; data modelling, database design, spatial data structures; data analysis and visualisation; case studies of GIS applications in Ireland and overseas; critical examination of issues and current concerns relating to the development of GIS in Ireland and elsewhere.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe and understand the nature, characteristics, strengths and limitations of spatial databases as models of geographical reality.
· Identify appropriate data structure(s) for representing a range of geographical objects and phenomena drawn from the real world.
· Discuss the socio-economic importance and role of geographical information in modern society.
· Use a standard, commercial Windows-based GIS package to import, create and integrate spatial and non-spatial data.
· Undertake basic explorations and analyses of the data; and produce cartographic and text output from the system.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Practical Exercises (30 marks); Assignment (30 marks); Class Examination (40 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students must pass all components of the continuous assessment work independently. For students who do not satisfy this requirement, the lower of the marks achieved, calculated as a percentage of the total mark for the module, will be returned.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6003 Coastal Information Technologies: Application of Remote Sensing

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 37.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 8 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography; Dr Ned Dwyer, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, CMRC.

Module Objective: To provide a foundation course in Remote Sensing and image processing as applied to environmental data in geography and the earth sciences.

Module Content: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts and principles in Remote Sensing and to explore the application of the technology. Hands-on training in image processing and interpretation will be provided in the laboratory sessions. The module focuses on the treatment of digital data as acquired through a variety of orbiting and airborne platforms. Students doing this module must have some computer experience.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain how digital images are acquired by satellite sensors.
· Differentiate between a range of different satellite platforms and the data they collect.
· Demonstrate knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction of radiation of different wavelengths with the Earth's surface.
· Describe some of the applications of digital images.
· Use a standard image processing software package.
· Interpret digital images acquired by different sensors.
· Correctly apply basic image processing techniques in order to enhance the quality of information derived from images.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word reports (25 marks each); 5 x computer based practicals (10 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. .

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class practicals and assignments as prescribed by the Department).

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GG6007 Coastal Zone Management

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures (or Seminars); 2 x 2hr(s) Tutorials; 2 x 5hr(s) Seminars; 1 x 10hr(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts; Ms Valerie Cummins, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, Staff, Department of Geography and Coastal and Marine Resources Centre.

Module Objective: Study of the concepts and practice of coastal zone management

Module Content: An examination is made of the key concepts in approaches to the management of earth environments. These approaches are linked to the more detailed study of the development of coastal zone management practices and techniques, at local to regional scales, and the design of integrated coastal zone management plans. Project and small group work in the module provides practical experience of the problems faced by coastal planners.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify the key concepts and understanding in the fields of coastal management and of other related areas in wider environmental management and planning;
· Enhance their technical knowledge of these fields;
· Enhance their thinking, analytical, writing, communications and reporting skills.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks; Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word Research Project Report 50 marks; 1 x Research Seminar Presentation 30 marks; 1 x Fieldwork Report 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6008 Geographical Information Systems and their Applications

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 8 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 2hr(s) Practicals (Exercises); 4 x 2hr(s) Seminars (Project Work).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography; Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography, Staff, Department of Geography and Coastal and Marine Resource Centre.

Module Objective: To develop specialist skills and expertise in the application of geographical information systems and related technologies, as they relate to specific disciplines and areas.

Module Content: Measurement of geographical space and attributes; Spatial data structures, advanced studies in GIS data modelling, database design, analysis and visualisation; case studies of GIS application in Ireland and overseas; critical examination of issues and current concerns relating to the application and development of GIS in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe and understand the nature, characteristics, strengths and limitations of spatial databases as models of geographical reality.
· Identify appropriate data structure(s) for representing a range of geographical objects and phenomena drawn from the real world.
· Discuss the socio-economic importance and role of geographical information in modern society.
· Use a standard, commercial Windows-based GIS package to import, create and integrate spatial and non-spatial data.
· Undertake basic explorations and analyses of the data; and produce cartographic and text output from the system.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: End of Year Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 120 marks (1 x Practical Exercise (4,000 words) 60 marks; 1 x Project or Essay (4,000 words) 60 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students must pass End of Year Written Examination and all components of the continuous assessment work independently. For students who do not satisfy this requirement, the lower of the two marks, calculated as a percentage of the total mark for the module will be returned. Students must pass continuous assessment in order to be eligible to sit the Autumn Supplemental Examination.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. No supplemental examination unless condition(s) are met (students who fail Continuous Assessment at the Summer Examination are not eligible to sit the Supplementary Examination.).

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GG6009 Applied Techniques in Geography

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 3hr(s) Practicals; 6 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography; Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography; Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts, Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To enable students to improve their skills in a number of critical areas: computer applications; bibliographic research; the use of maps and the representation of spatial data; effective communication (oral, visual and textual).

Module Content: Through seminars, computer-based practicals and library work, students will receive instruction and will be expected to achieve competence in a range of essential skills. In relation to IT the module will include: word processing, the use of spreadsheets and database management; and the use of the Internet (including the construction of a web page). Other skills will include searching and managing bibliographic databases; mapping, including the use of geographical information systems; and effective presentation of research results.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Understand basic concepts of information technology.

· Use a variety of software packages to undertake quantitative and qualitative analysis.
· Communicate research results in a clear and professional manner, both in written and presentation/public environments.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Computer Practicals 80 marks; Bibliographic skills 40 marks; Presentation Skills 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6010 Strategies & Critical Approaches to Research Design

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): GG6009, GG6011

Teaching Methods: 24 x 2hr(s) Seminars (or Practicals).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Patrick O'Flanagan, Department of Geography; Dr Denis Linehan, Department of Geography; Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts, Staff Department of Geography and Coastal and Marine Resources Centre.

Module Objective: Using a problem-based approach to explore a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods within geographical research. To provide students with a range of tools for use within their dissertation research.

Module Content: Through seminars and computer-based practicals, the module begins by introducing the philosophical, ethical and legal dimensions of research. It then explores different quantitative methods for spatial data analysis, including statistical modelling. Different qualitative techniques of data analysis are then examined, including textual and discourse analysis, feminist methodologies, focus groups and life histories. Besides completing practical work, students will be required to write an extended essay on the methodology they propose to use in their dissertation research.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify the key concepts and understanding of appropriate research methods involved in dissertation & other research project work;
· Demonstrate hands-on skills in conceptual thinking, text analysis, writing and reporting.
· Discuss the key numerical, laboratory and other technical skills involved in studies of coastal management and wider environmental changes at a variety of scales, from local to global levels.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (10 x Practicals/Reports 120 marks; 1 x 2,500 word Essay 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students must present the six practicals and the essay.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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GG6011 Coastal and Environmental Functioning

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 15 x 2hr(s) Lectures (Seminars); 10 x 1hr(s) Fieldwork (or directed Research Project as specified by the Department); 4 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Mr Cathal O'Mahony, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science; Ms Valerie Cummins, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science; Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts, Staff, Department of Geography, Staff CMRC and Staff HMRC.

Module Objective: To establish the key concepts and an understanding of the primary controls upon coastal functioning and of the coast's links to other areas of Earth environment study. To enable students to grasp the dimension and diversity of geography and its capacity and potential to engage with local, national and global issues.

Module Content: The module will explore the role of geography in the areas of the environment and in particular, in coastal management and planning. The module will establish the primary elements and the significance of coastal processes and functioning (both physical and biological elements), especially as linked to the study of coastal management.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the key concepts and undeerstanding in the field of coastal environmental functioning and identify how the physical and cultural-human areas of geography are linked to coastal management
· Identify how the physical domains of the coastal zone operate
· Demonstrate practical hands-on skills in the study, collection and examination of coastal field data and of the linkage of these data to laboratory-based analysis
· Identify and discuss the importance of studying environmental components and processes at a range of scales
· Produce clearly written reporting and, as appropriate, demonstrate practice in other technical, numerical and laboratory skills.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (5 x 1500 word Essays/Practical Reports (as appropriate) 150 marks total, to be submitted by dates to be specified; Fieldwork Report (or directed Research Project, as appropriate), inclusive of attendance and participation in the fieldwork 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Attendance at Fieldwork.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6012 Research Dissertation in Coastal Management

Credit Weighting: 40

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 8 x 2hr(s) Tutorials (Plus independent research by students working with allocated supervisors).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts.

Lecturer(s): Prof Robert Devoy, Department of Faculty office - Arts; Ms Valerie Cummins, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, Staff Department of Geography and Coastal and Marine Resource Centre.

Module Objective: To develop research techniques and writing skills on an agreed topic in a relevant area of coastal studies. The development of learned skills from the degree programme and the innovation of the student's own research and subject interest. Students must display a thorough knowledge of the relevant literature and appropriate technical skills in presenting a dissertation.

Module Content: Students select their own research topic after consultation and agreement with the relevant staff involved in the degree programme. Independent research will be carried out between March and August under the direction of a supervisor allocated to each student. The submission date in any year, for all students, is by the third Friday in September (by 17.00hrs) and must be registered with the Masters Programme Administrator, in the Department of Geography. Dissertation length to be 10, 000 - 15,000 words. References/ Bibliography, Figures, Tables, Appendices are additional.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Design, organise and manage a research-based project through its different stages, from inception to its final production, involving reporting on its development and progress, writing and defense.
· Demonstrate ability to produce a coherent and well structured analysis of a chosen research topic within the relevant studies areas of coastal science, coastal management and related areas of geography.
· Identify, collect and analyse field and other appropriate data sources.
· Practice research work in a field setting and to show an awareness of the importance of field-based research in studying environmental components and processes
· Produce clear reporting and writing and, as appropriate, developed technical, laboratory and numerical skills.

Assessment: Total Marks 800: Continuous Assessment 800 marks (4 research essays of approximately 1500 words for each essay, 200 marks; 15,000-20,000 word dissertation 600 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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GG6104 Foundations in Planning and Sustainable Development

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 100 x 1hr(s) Other (Self-directed study).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To develop a solid intellectual engagement with the provenance, ethics and theoretical rationale of and for planning and sustainable development.

Module Content: History and Evolution of Urban, Regional and Spatial Planning in Ireland and abroad; Theory and Intellectual foundations of Planning and Sustainable Development. The moral and ethical questions surrounding planning and development and the role of the reflective planning practitioner. The diversity of approaches to and understandings of sustainability and sustainable development.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Critique the case for and against spatial planning and the various forms and theories of spatial planning
· Analyse the diversity of cultures, views and ideologies that may have a bearing on planning
· Critique the nature of values, ethics and the meaning of professionalism within contemporary planning contexts
· Evaluate the differing impacts that development decisions can have on different people
· Analyse the fundamental theoretical arguments underpinning the pursuit of sustainable development through planning
· Analyse the fundamental philosophical and technical arguments underpinning the concept of sustainable development
· Debate the relationships between environmental processes and social, economic and political events and the potential and the limitations of planning to exert an influence on them
· Synthesise the different values underlying interpretations of sustainability, and assess their implications for spatial planning
· Critically analyse the techniques, instruments, institutions and processes that support sustainable development in real world spatial contexts.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (3 x 2,000 word essays; 2 x practical assignments).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. All elements are compulsory. In addition, participants are required to sign an attendance register at each class of the module. If a participant's attendance falls below 80% he / she will be required to repeat the module in accordance with the repeat year requirements.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6105 Introduction to Planning Practice and Skills

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 60 x 1hr(s) Other (up to 60 hrs Tutorials/Studio/Workshop); 80 x 1hr(s) Other (up to 80 hrs. Self-directed study).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Jonathan Hall, Department of Applied Social Studies.

Module Objective: To provide a practical introduction to the core skills required by a contemporary planning practitioner

Module Content: Reading and Interpreting Maps; Fundamentals of sketching, 2-d and 3-d drawing; Graphical representation; Spatial analysis; Introduction to forecasting techniques; Introduction to statistical sources and research methods; Introduction to key principles of Geographical Information Systems. Negotiation and participation skills. Communication skills.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Formulate planning responses based on investigation and analysis of relevant data and other evidence
· Apply appraisal skills in data sourcing, data collection, investigation, quantitative and qualitative analysis and GIS
· Apply skills in map work, conceptual drawing and spatial analysis
· Demonstrate a capacity to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders using various media
· Apply skills of negotiation, mediation, consensus building and advocacy
· Demonstrate an ability to engage in inter-disciplinary team work.

Assessment: Practical Planning Studio and Workshop Assignments. The module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. 8 x practical workshop exercises.

Compulsory Elements: All continuous assessment elements are compulsory. In addition, participants are required to sign an attendance register at each class of the module. If a participant's attendance falls below 80% he / she will be required to repeat the module in accordance with the repeat year requirements.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: Pass/Fail.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6204 Planning and Management of Natural Resources

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 75 x 1hr(s) Other (Self-directed study).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Jonathan Hall, Department of Applied Social Studies.

Module Objective: To introduce key principles of planning issues in relation to landscape, energy and natural resources

Module Content: Land form, Landscape character assessment, landscape values, landscape sensitivity and landscape planning policy. Energy sources and networks; Sustainable and renewable sources of energy; Minerals, forestry, quarrying and other natural resources. Planning considerations of coastal processes, coastal protection and coastal development.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Assess the value of landscape and natural resources to society and the economy
· Critically evaluate interventions such as landscape and coastal conservation, preservation, management and interpretation
· Assess the nature of energy infrastructure and networks
· Evaluate the role of energy and natural resources in the formulation of planning and investment decisions
· Evaluate the role of planning techniques, instruments and processes that support sustainable development in the context of coastal zones and the rural environment
· Formulate basic planning policies and strategies to address issues associated with the landscape and coast.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Practical Planning Assignments - 3 x 2,500 word field reports).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. All elements are compulsory. In addition, participants are required to sign an attendance register at each class of the module. If a participant's attendance falls below 80% he / she will be debarred from entering the examination for the module and will be required to repeat the module in accordance with the repeat year requirements.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6205 Place, Neighbourhood and Urban Design

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): -

Co-requisite(s): -

Teaching Methods: 24 x 2hr(s) Lectures (up to 60hrs tutorials/studio/workshop sessions;up to 80hrs self directed study.).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Brendan O'Sullivan, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To introduce basic urban design skills and aesthetic principles and an understanding of the relevance of building form, density, massing and texture. It also explores the design and management of urban space, landscaping and layout of green spaces and areas of public amenity.

Module Content: Introduction to urban design; value of urban design, Permeability; Continuity and enclosure; Space types; Place analysis, Urban design rationales; Character; Legibility; Diversity of development form, Building types and forms, Landscape and public realm design; Iconic urban design in practice; Strategies; Masterplans and design guides.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Formulate visionary and imaginative responses to spatial planning challenges that are realistic, creative and achievable;
· Identify the scope for planning and design to create high quality places and enhance the public realm;
· Evaluate the effectiveness of alternative design approaches and to explain the theoretical basis for different approaches;
· Analyse the relationships between spatial planning processes and the quality of places that people live and work in.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Class Exercises 40 marks; Essay/Report 25 marks; Three part Design Project 135 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6401 Introduction to Migration and Diaspora Studies

Credit Weighting: 15

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Piaras MacEinri, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Angela Veale, Department of Applied Psychology; Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, Department of Geography; Dr James MacLaughlin, Department of Geography; Professor Alastair Christie, Department of Applied Social Studies; Dr Kathleen R. Glavanis, Department of Sociology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to key principles, theories and paradigms of migration and diaspora studies from different disciplinary perspectives

Module Content: Content will include critical approaches to: world-systems theory of migration, transnationalism, theories of diaspora, feminist perspectives on migration, postcolonialism, acculturation. A section of the module will focus on migration policy, in particular on debates concerning immigration and integration.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· A knowledge of the basic facts, statistics and spatial characteristics of Irish, European and global migration patterns.
· An understanding of the principal theories and models of migration.
· An understanding of state policy responses in the field of immigration.
· An understanding of the principal debates concerning integration and of the responses of state and non-state actors including migrants.
· An understanding of the key debates concerning diaspora and transnationalism.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: End of Year Written Examination 150 marks; Continuous Assessment 150 marks (one extended essay).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6402 Research Methods and Sources in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Credit Weighting: 15

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Allen White, Department of Geography; Dr Naomi Bushin-Tyrrell, Department of Geography; Dr Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology; Dr Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology; Mr Piaras MacEinri, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To equip students iwth a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a particular focus on sources for migration and diaspora studies

Module Content: A skills-based module covering a range of qualitative (e.g. ethnographic, life narrative/biographical and participatory action research) and quantitative (statistical analysis, questionnaire design) research methods, as well as archival and policy studies. A key element of this seminar course will be individual presentations by students of their dissertation proposals, showing evidence of their skills and understanding of the methodologies covered.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have a solid understanding of the key principles, theories and paradigms of social research methods from different disciplinary perspectives
· Be able to apply these to research in migration and diaspora studies
· Have a nuanced understanding of issues of reflexivity and ethics in social research in migration and diaspora studies
· Be able to develop and present a viable research proposal
· Have an understanding of the issues involved in some of the key qualitative and quantitative research methods used in contmporary migration and diaspora studies.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (Oral Presentation 90, Research Proposal 100, Essay 90, Attendance 20).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6403 Case Studies and Current Issues in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Piaras MacEinri, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Allen White, Department of Geography; Dr Naomi Bushin-Tyrrell, Department of Geography; Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To introduce students to some of the key topical issues in the field of migration and diaspora studies through a series of seminars involving external experts and active researchers in the field.

Module Content: This module will draw upon a range of resources, including ongoing research projects and visiting lecturers, to address key current topics, notably migration and childhood/youth, return migration, racism, and a range of integration-related topics. A section of the module will involve independent student research on the work of specific public and voluntary bodies in the fields of immigration and emigration in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have an in-depth understanding of key current issues and debates in migration and diaspora studies.
· Have an appreciation of the role of state and non-state actors (including migrants) and of the interactions between them.
· Have an understanding of migration and integration debates from a range of disciplinary and sectoral perspectives.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks; Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x Essay 80 marks, Attendance 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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GG6404 Dissertation, Migration and Diaspora Studies

Credit Weighting: 40

Teaching Period(s): Teaching/Research Period 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: Other (independent research under supervision).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Piaras MacEinri, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To allow students to develop independent research projects in an area of relevance to migration and diaspora studies, under the supervision of a member of staff

Module Content: Students select their own research topic after consultation and agreement with the relevant staff involved in the degree programme. Independent research will be carried out between May and August under the direction of a supervisor allocated to each student.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify a specific research topic and write a research proposal for presentation in class
· Produce a detailed literature review and say exactly how the proposed research will add to the state of existing knowledge
· Choose and appropriate combination of theoretical and methodological perspectives for the research proposed
· Carry out original and independent primary fieldwork and/or research
· Write up and analyse research results as part of dissertation, placing them in broader context of exisiting knowledge.

Assessment: Total Marks 800: Continuous Assessment 800 marks (Dissertation of 20,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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GG6405 Work Placement, Programme for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 7.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 1 x 20weeks(s) Placements (part-time).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Piaras MacEinri, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide students with experience of working in the public or voluntary sector, in a context in which they can draw on the academic debates explored in core modules, and develop key transferable skills.

Module Content: Students will be offered an opportunity to undertake a placement with a statutory or voluntary body working in a relevant field (immigrant support, emigrant advice, health research, social inclusion, etc). Placements will be on a part-time basis for 24 weeks and will involve an element of project-work. Students will be allocated a mentor. Places will be limited and allocated by interview.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· understand the challenges of working in a voluntary or public organisation in a migration- or diaspora-related sector
· utilise a range of practical and interpersonal skills
· enhance their own chances of obtaining employment or carrying out further research in a public or voluntary body in a migration- or diaspora-related sector.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Progress Report 60 marks, Final Project Report 140 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students may, at the discretion of the Board, repeat placement once only).

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GG6501 Intro to Geographical Information Systems

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 10 x 1hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography; Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide an understanding of the key concepts underlying Geographical Information Systems (GIS), how Geographical Information (GI) may be defined, measured, structured and represented in a GIS, and the development of skills in the use and application of GIS through practical exercises.

Module Content: This module will cover the role of GI in society; the nature and construction of GI; measurement of location; principles and techniques of spatial data modelling; field-based and object-based conceptualisations of space, and their expression as spatial data structures; and concepts of spatial and non-spatial data retrieval, manipulation and analysis. Hands-on training in GIS will be provided in the laboratory sessions. Students doing this module must have some computer experience.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have a solid, critical understanding of how GI may be structured, organised and used in computer-based GIS;
· Have skills and practical experience in the use of one or more commercial GIS products;
· Identify the importance of the spatial dimension in adding value to data, and in the support of decision-making across a range of sectors, disciplines and professions.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,500 word reports (25 marks each); computer based practicals (50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students must revise and resubmit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class practicals and assignments as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6503 Cartography and Visualisation

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 1.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 16 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 14 x 1hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography; Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography, CMRC Staff.

Module Objective: To give students a comprehensive understanding of cartography and visualisation, both the underlining principles and their practical application in map-making.

Module Content: This module will introduce students to the principles of cartography and visualisation. Emphasis will be placed on the production of effective maps based on established principles of cartographic design. The module will also focus on recent developments in geographic visualisation and the areas of internet mapping and interactive visualisation. Topics covered include projections and scale, cartographic design, symbology and colour, thematic and topographic mapping, 3D mapping and web GIS.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have a critical understanding of the principles of cartography and visualisation.
· Appreciate what makes an effective map and how to use GIS software to create a wide range of map outputs.
· Investigate newly emerging visualisation techniques and their applications.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word report (30 marks); 2 x practical projects (35 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class practicals and assignments, as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6504 Digital Image Processing

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 30 x 1hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography, Dr Ned Dwyer, CMRC.

Module Objective: To provide an understanding of the principles underlying the acquisition and nature of Earth Observation data and advanced practical techniques for image processing.

Module Content: This module will cover aspects of image processing, including enhancement, algebra, fusion, classification, manipulation of data from different passive and active sensors including optical, thermal, hyperspectral, radar and lidar imagery, and ground truthing of imagery through field techniques.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Manipulate imagery from different sensors to derive higher order information.
· Evaluate the different data products that can be produced from raw imagery.
· Combine data from multiple sources for retrieval of more advanced surface characteristics.
· Demonstrate competency in using a common image processing software package.
· Collect and analyse field reflectance data.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (2 x practical projects; 25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed-in-class praticals and assignments, as prescribed by the Department).

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GG6505 Applications of Geoinformatics

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 44 x 1hr(s) Seminars; 4 x 1hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography, Staff, Department of Geography and Invited Speakers.

Module Objective: To provide an overview of some of the applications of GIS and RS in academic and commercial environments.

Module Content: Through seminars led by experts in academia and industry, this module will cover a range of applications of GIS and RS from practitioners in those fields such as environmental, marine, socio-economic and transport domains. Students will also prepare and present their own seminars on applications of GIS and RS.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss a range of local, national and global perspectives on Geoinformatics.
· Evaluate the role of Geoinformatics in commercial and research settings.
· Assess the future role of Geoinformatics.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: End of Year Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 150 marks (2 x 3,000 word reports (50 marks each); presentation (30 marks), seminar attendance and participation (20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed-in-class praticals and assignments, as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6506 Technologies and Systems

Credit Weighting: 10

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 30 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 20 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography; Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography; Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography, CMRC Staff.

Module Objective: To establish an understanding of some of the different technologies fundamental to the growth and development of GIS, RS and GPS, and an appreciation of the organisational and logistical issues surrounding the collection, use and dissemination of data.

Module Content: This module will cover; Geoinformtics software, technological principles and data acquisition for a range of different satellite and airborne sensors, and the development of global positioning networks. The development and role of national and international programmes for the collection, processing and production of data will be examined and the ethical, logistical and practical constraints on data use considered. The future directions of Geoinformatics will be assessed.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate knowledge of the physical principles of remote data collection by a range of instruments.
· Describe the chain of data acquisition, production and dissemination at a practical and an institutional level.
· Identify the historic development and future trends of Geoinformatics technologies.
· Critically evaluate the issues constraining and encouraging the establishment of Geoinformatics within academic and commercial arenas.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: End of Year Written Examination 100 marks; Continuous Assessment 100 marks ( tutorial exercises (50 marks), 2 x 1,500 word reports (25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class practicals and assignments, as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6507 Implementation of Geoinformatics

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 4 x 1hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography; Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: This module will cover a range of methodologies for the design and implementation of Geoinformatic solutions in the research and commercial arenas. Different types and scales of implementation will be investigated.

Module Content: This module will look at the methodologies for the successful implementation of Geoinformatic solutions into organisations. The topics include user/project requirements, general system design principles, system design models, and formal design methodology, spatial data infrastructures, database design, implementation planning, system verification and validation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have a comprehensive understanding of the importance of planning in the implementation of Geoinformatic solutions.
· Identify the important steps in an implementation project and how to develop an effective implementation strategy.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (2 x 2,000 word reports (25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class practicals and assignments, as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6509 Spatial Data Analysis

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 10 x 1hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography; Ms Helen Bradley, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the principles and practice of spatial data analysis, by means of GIS technologies.

Module Content: The aims and methods of spatial data analysis will be explored through Boolean and other logic systems, database querying, vector and raster analysis, site selection, model building and map algebra. Principles of spatial and geo-statistics will be introduced and applied via a GIS to issues such as interpolation, uncertainty and error.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Have a critical understanding of the principles underpinning analysis of spatial data through GIS and other tools.
· Have through practical, hands-on experience in the implementation of spatial data analysis techniques in both vector and raster systems students will be familiar with the application of such methods.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: End of Year Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 X 1,500 word report (25 marks);computer based practicals (25 marks).

Compulsory Elements: End of Year Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s).

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class practicals and assignments, as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6510 Research Methods

Credit Weighting: 5

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Periods 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography, Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide a foundation in theoretical and practical and scientific research skills necessary to develop and undertake research project, and prepare students for commencing the dissertation.

Module Content: Through a series of workshops students will be introduced to concepts and skills needed to conduct independent and effective research, including reading; writing; summarising information; critical evaluation; data sourcing presentation and analysis; preparing a research proposal; and project management.

Learning Outcomes:

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (5 x practicals (20 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must revise and re-submit alternative assessments in lieu of failed in-class assignments as prescribed by the Department.).

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GG6511 Independent Research

Credit Weighting: 30

Teaching Period(s): Teaching Period 2. (and the summer months).

No. of Students:

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Methods: 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 16weeks(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography.

Lecturer(s): Mr Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography, Department of Geography, Staff.

Module Objective: To develop research skills and appropriate methods necessary to undertake an independent project relevant to contemporary geoinformatics technologies and applications.

Module Content: Students will develop their research proposal in agreement with relevant staff and carry out independent research over a 4-5 month period.

Learning Outcomes:

Assessment: Total Marks 600: Continuous Assessment 600 marks (600 marks for dissertation, maximum 15,000 words. The submission date for all students will be 1st September (or the closest Monday to this date) and must be registered in the Geography Department Office.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

End of Year Written Examination Profile: No End of Year Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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