This module occupies a central place in our field-based research-orientated degrees. It prepares students to undertake their independent 50-credit research dissertation (GG4298) and develops transferable professional skills useful beyond graduation. Students will learn about research design and the collection of original empirical geographic data through engagement with a series of problem-based geographical issues. Themes covered include: the history and philosophy of geography; ethics of research; statistics for geographers; cartography; GIS; and quantitative, qualitative and physical research methods. Students are also required to attend an overseas field course. There is opportunity for streaming and choice amongst units covering these themes, and Major Honours students will need to make an informed choice, with the help of their advisor, to select from the units shared with the larger 60-credit GG3201. The module concludes with students producing an independent research proposal for their Senior Honours dissertation research.