Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Environmental Science Tutorial Level 2
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards (Professor - University of London)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Students should note that attendance at tutorials is compulsory, as is submission of work by the deadline set by the tutor.  Continuous Assessment: 100% coursework  100%
Supplementary Exam Students who fail the module will normally be allowed a resit, which will involve the resubmission of any failed and /or non submitted assignments.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • write in an academic style
  • use information services with confidence
  • conduct independent research
  • synthesise conflicting/ complimentary arguments
  • design a reseach project
  • use the careers service
  • give an oral presentation


The tutorial module is designed to be a complementary module for students taking part one Environmental Science. It provides a basis for close and regular supervisory contact with students throughout the year.

The module has three specific objectives. First, as a source of close, working contact, it can more effectively address the general academic and pastoral problems confronted by students during their first year. Second, each Environmental Science Tutorial Module is designed to have its own independent academic syllabus. this will focus on drawing out the integrative themes that run through the Environmental Science programme and which are best dealt with as a separate thematic overlay to the Level 1 course. Third, it will address a defined range of study skills, enabling students to cope more effectively with the basic demands of academic study, develop transferable skills, and enable them to exploit more fully the possibility offered by the Environmental Science programme.

Brief description

The Level 2 tutorial module is obligatory for 2nd year students following the Environmental Science BSc degree scheme.

_Academic Course Work

Academic course work in the Level 2 Tutorial Module will deal with the theory and practice of Environmental Science, and with contemporary themes of debate within the subject. Their work will be developed through tutorial discussion and tutorial essays, as set out below.

_Study Skills

The study skills covered by the Level 2 Tutorial Module will deal with the following:

  • Project work/Dissertations (including design/problem formulation: data sources/techniques: compiling bibliographies: techniques of report writing).
  • Oral Presentations.
  • Career guidance/self-assessment.
  • Styles of geographical thought/spatial/integrative/ecological/systematic/evaluative.

_Module Programme

During the first semester, the tutorial module will focus on essential study skills and on the nature of Environmental discourse. Assessment will be based on three pieces of submitted work. These will comprise:

  • one piece of project work concerned with the development of study skills.
  • two academic essays on subjects to be determined by the tutor.
During the second semester, the tutorial module will focus on discussion of theory and practice in Environmental Science and on preparation for an independent research study which will underpin preparation for the dissertation.

The assessed end product will be three background papers, maximum length 1800 words each, covering research methodology, problem identification and the preparation of a dissertation contextual essay and literature review.

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 on 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 5