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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

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FSC Northern Ireland provides a wide range of options for your geography field study. Detailed below are courses offered by the centre, which can either be undertaken as part of a residential fieldtrip or as a standalone one day visit. Many of the studies below can also be undertaken and written up by the students as a project for internal assessment.

Here we have outlined our most popular fieldwork investigations to choose from.

Please contact us to discuss how we can tailor a course to meet your specific requirements.

 

Processes and Features in Fluvial Environments: River Investigation1 day

After a short introductory session, students will visit sites along the River Sillees to collect data. This module is typically undertaken in order to prepare for Unit AS 1: Physical Geography Section A.

Introduction: Revision of river processes, data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data collection: River Sillees.

Follow up: Data collation, analysis (graphs and spearman’s rank correlation coefficient), conclusions and evaluation.

Human Interaction with the Fluvial Environment: Flooding Investigation1 day

This session will allow students to investigate the potential for flooding in Fermanagh, and the management responses to this threat. Investigative techniques such as mapping flood risk areas and use of photography will assist with students’ understanding of the issues surrounding flooding.

Introduction: Revision of the causes and responses to flooding, data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data Collection: Enniskillen or Derrygonnelly.

Follow up: Data collation, analysis (use of GIS, photo analysis), conclusions and evaluation.

Plant Succession: Sand Dune Investigation1 day

Through this session, students will study psammosere succession at Mullaghmore, Co Donegal and collect data across the dune system along an interrupted transect. Data collected includes microclimate conditions and vegetation cover. Soil is also collected for analysis.

Introduction: Revision of sand dune succession, data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data collection: Mullaghmore.

Follow up: Soil analysis (moisture content, organic content, pH), analysis (kite diagrams, graphs), conclusions and evaluation.

Plant Succession: Hydrosere Investigation1 day

Through this session, students will study hydroseral succession at Lough Achork and collect data along an interrupted transect. Data collected includes microclimate conditions and vegetation cover. Soil is also collected for analysis.

Introduction: Revision of hydrosere succession, data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data collection: Lough Achork, Lough Navar Forest.

Follow up: Soil analysis (moisture content, organic content, pH), analysis (kite diagrams, graphs), conclusions and evaluation.

The Ecosystem as an Open System: Woodland Investigation1 day

This session will allow students to enhance their understanding of the factors influencing the woodland ecosystem, and examine the relationships the organisms present.

Introduction: Revision of ecosystem theory, data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data collection: Ely Lodge.

Follow up: Soil analysis, analysis of results, conclusions and evaluation.

Urban Environments: Nearest Neighbour Analysis1 day

This session will allow students to undertake a Nearest Neighbour Analysis and study the degree of clustering of specific businesses. (can be combined with Global Issues Investigation)

Introduction: Issues relating to location of shopping facilities (town centre versus out of town), data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data Collection: Enniskillen.

Follow up: Collation of results, analysis (graphs, Nearest Neighbour Analysis), conclusions and evaluation.

Global Issues Investigation1 day

Nuclear Energy OR Agricultural Change OR Tourism

Through carrying out fieldwork, students will gain experience in conducting a questionnaire survey in order to understand local attitudes to a specific global issue. (can be combined with Nearest Neighbour Analysis fieldwork)

Introduction: Issue specific overview, questionnaire design and response collection, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data collection: Enniskillen.

Follow up: Collation of responses, analysis, conclusion and evaluation.

Challenges in Rural Environments: Issues Investigation1 day

Through this session, students will further their understanding of issues and challenges facing those living in rural areas. Fieldwork undertaken will focus on service provision and transport and techniques will involve the use of photography, land use surveys and bipolar analysis.

Introduction: Issues facing rural areas, data collection techniques, study area, health and safety considerations.

Data collection: Derrygonnelly and Swanlinbar.

Follow up: Collation of results, analysis, conclusion and evaluation.