Courses Catalogue

Practical Field Course

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description



The Field Attachment is an important course unit which enables the student to apply theoretical knowledge and see it being applied by others more experienced in the field. This exposure is vital for internalization of knowledge and practical experience. Students must be supervised by the field and academic supervisors at their field attachment sites.




The need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methods of acquiring, interpreting and analysing environmental science information with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use




By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • design and carry out a small survey to inform environmental decision-making, in a group
  • present the findings of the survey in a group presentation to peers
  • evaluate limitations associated with surveying, including health and safety, and social, cultural and economic aspects
  • describe and define central concepts encountered in academic debates around data collection in the social sciences;
  • show an understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative field data collection methods;
  • design a research plan for field study, incorporating selection of relevant methods;
  • critically analyze the validity of different data collection research methods;
  • collect and process relevant information in the field;
  • judge the reliability of collected data as well as the significance of obtained results;
  • discuss and compare data obtained by various methods in interdisciplinary fieldwork;
  • use and interpret data to shed light on complex topics; and
  • concisely communicate research findings.




A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • challenges associated with field work and implications for survey design
  • review the success of your own survey work and that of others
  • Assess and minimise risk, to ensure your and other’s safety, when accessing and working in remote and challenging environments
  • Demonstrate strong discussion and group working skills
  • Appreciate social, cultural and economic aspects and consider them when working in the field