GEOG3008 - Geography in Practice - Field and Research Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course aims to give students knowledge about research design with an emphasis on the relation between theory, methodology and empirical research. The course starts with introductory lectures and obligatory fieldwork preparation where the students in groups will formulate research questions and prepare a research design. Following this there will be a three days fieldcourse where students in groups will carry out an empirical study. The research questions shall be formulated be within the focus areas at the Department of Geography. The research questions and main findings shall be reported in the form of a short, written group-based report.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • will gain insight and a critical understanding of a research process through the formulation of research questions and design, including the use of theoretical and methodological approaches within a chosen research topic.


  • have experience in field methodology, experience in preparing research design and plan a research process, development of issues, justify problem solving, identify relevant theoretical and methodological approaches.

General competence:

  • have training in professional analysis, writing, fieldwork and professional interaction.

Learning methods and activities

6 hours lectures, 3 days fieldwork, group-based report.

Compulsory assignments

  • • Field course preparations, field course, group-based report.

Further on evaluation

The examination in this course will be an individual assignment. The assignment shall be based on the fieldwork with emphasise on research design and choice of methods. The assignment should not overlap the students master`s thesis (GEOG3900/GEOG3901).

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geography (MGEOG)
Geography with Teacher Education, years 8 - 13 (MLGEOG)

Required previous knowledge

Completed GEOG1010, GEOG1011, GEOG1012, GEOG1013, GEOG1014. Other relevant qualifications can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG3003 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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