GEOL356-23X2 (C) Special non-calendar-based Two 2023

Field-focused Research Methods

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 22 October 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 23 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 24 September 2023


Field-focused Research Methods

GEOL356 / ENVR356 is an undergraduate research course for students enrolled in the Frontiers Abroad programme. This course is designed to link field modules and/or data collection with instruction in research methods and tutorials dedicated to working in research teams analyzing, processing, and interpreting data.  As part of this course, students conduct their own independent research component as part of a larger team research project.  At the end of the course students will have completed a series of learning objectives, written a short journal-article style paper, and delivered a professional research presentation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to collect and interpret field data
  • Learn how to design a data collection approach
  • Learn how to design and write a research proposal that is punchy and scientifically rigorous
  • Learn how to perform a literature search
  • Learn how to prepare and write a literature review
  • Learn how to present research data effectively using figures and tables
  • Learn how to make and deliver a professional research presentation
  • Learn how to effectively communicate science concepts to a broad audience
  • Learn how to structure and write a research article
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Timetable Note

2-hour weekly lecture, 2-hour weekly tutorial. Pre-semester field trip (10 days), mid-semester field trip (5 days), post-semester field trip (5 days).

Course Coordinator

Sarah Smithies


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research Project Proposal 5%
Literature review/introduction 10%
Methods section 5%
Results section 10%
Discussion and conclusions 10%
Final research manuscript 10%
Conference-style research presentation 15%
Science communication presentation 15%
Class participation 20%


Prerequisites: Enrolment in the Frontiers Abroad programme

Restrictions: ENVR356

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,902.00

International fee $9,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All GEOL356 Occurrences

  • GEOL356-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023
  • GEOL356-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023 - Not Offered
  • GEOL356-23X2 (C) Special non-calendar-based Two 2023