Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Level 1 Geography Tutorial
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 11 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Tutorial attendance is compulsory, as is submission of work by the deadline set by the tutor. Any absences should be agreed with the tutor in advance, and illness immediately notified to the tutor. Unexplained absence will result in the initiation of disciplinary procedures. Late submission of assignments without good cause will result in the imposition of late submission penalties, as set out in the Geography Handbook.  Continuous Assessment: 60% Essays; 40% Assignments.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the standards, expectations and practices of Geography at a university level.

* Knowledgably discuss selected key concepts and ideas in Geography.

* Identify appropriate data sources and resources for Geography, including books, journals and websites, and show an appreciation of the issues involved in their use.

* Produce written work of a style and standard appropriate to university level coursework.

* Undertake appropriate independent preparatory work for classes, including reading and research.

* Work productively as part of a group.

* Make an oral presentation to a small group.


  • To assist students in making the transition between A level and university level Geography
  • To introduce students to key concepts and ideas in Geography
  • To help students identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information in Geography
  • To provide support for, and coherence between, the core modules in Geography
  • To develop students' study skills
  • To develop students' personal transferable skills.


The Geography core includes an assessed tutorial component with personal academic tutors in small groups of about five students. In this module study and personal skills are developed, career ambitions explored and academic discussion takes place around a defined syllabus. Academic coursework in the Level 1 Tutorial module examines the themes that emerge from the topics discussed in the first year Geography modules and through such enquiry develops a range of academic study skills. These include:

The planning of work routines and the setting of academic and personal targets;
Library use and how to build an effective reading programme; styles of note making/annotation
and bibliographic referencing;
Data gathering, analysis and interpretation;
Geographical Essay Writing and examination technique (students are introduced to good writing skills and the qualities used to assess written work).

The development and assessment of these study skills will take the form of two short assignments. In the first semester, for example, these might involve Library skills: in the second semester, research skills in the gathering and reporting on secondary or local field data. The marks for both these assignments will be used in the final assessment. In addition, a minimum of four essays must be submitted as required by the tutor and the marks from three of these will be used in the final assessment. Topics for essays will vary. The essays are both formative and summative and students should expect feedback from the tutor after each piece of work on how they may improve subsequent essays.

The tutorial module offers students the opportunity to engage directly in their learning, to contribute to discussion and give presentations on their work in a small group setting. Alongside its academic role, discussion can take place of CV building and careers opportunities. A tutor's judgement of the overall performance of a student over the full programme forms a final, minor
component in module assessment.


This module is at CQFW Level 4