Module Information

Module Identifier
EA11910
Module Title
First Year Environmental Earth Science Tutorial
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Tutorial 11 x 2 Hour Tutorials
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  1200 word essay + 300 word commentary = 1500 words  30%
Semester Assessment Presentation  5 minute presentation  10%
Semester Assessment Essay  30%
Semester Assessment Skills portfolio  30%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1200 word essay + 300 word commentary = 1500 words  30%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  Script and visual material for the presentation must be submitted  10%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  30%
Supplementary Assessment Skills portfolio  30%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify appropriate data sources and resources for Environmental Earth Science, including books, journals and websites, and show an appreciation of the issues involved in their use.

2. Knowledgably discuss selected key concepts and ideas in Environmental Earth Science.

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

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

5. Make an oral presentation to a small group.

Brief description

The Environmental Earth Science core includes an assessed tutorial component with personal academic tutors in small groups of about five students. In this module study, subject-specific and personal skills are developed, career ambitions explored and academic discussion takes place around a defined syllabus. Academic coursework in the Level 1 Tutorial is linked to the topics discussed in the first year Environmental Earth Science modules and 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; * Chemical skills; * Numerical skills; * Laboratory notebook skills;
• Data analysis and interpretation;
• Environmental Earth Science Essay & Report Writing and examination technique (students are introduced to good writing skills and the qualities used to assess written work);
• The value of, and how to respond to feedback. 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 employability and careers opportunities.

The module is assessed through a range of assignments: An essay (30%) made up of a 1200 word submission and a 300 word commentary on the formative feedback (marks split 25:5%); A professional skills portfolio consisting of both chemical and numerical skills exercises (30%). A five-minute presentation (10%); A second semester essay (30%) of 1500 words.

Content

This module combines pastoral and personal development responsibilities of the personal tutor with the development of core study skills that are central to success in Higher Education.
The ten sessions (which include personal tutor meetings) will address the following themes:
• Evaluating and reviewing library and learning resources;
• Writing for academic/technical audiences;
• Responding to feedback;
• Revision techniques;
• Presentation techniques. * Chemical skills * Numerical skills * Laboratory Notebook skills

Other issues relating to pastoral development – such as the expectations and challenges of university life, time and resource management, reviewing academic performance, and employability and career aspirations can be discussed in designated personal tutor slots.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This is developed through the skills portfolio and the numerical skills exercise.
Communication Students will be required to present written work in an appropriate academic register, and to present orally in a clear and professional manner. The tutorial presents students with a small group environment in which to develop their oral communication skills in a less daunting setting than larger classes.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to respond to feedback; a component of assignment 1 assesses how students have responded to feedback. The smaller elements of the module, such as the chemical and numerical skills exercises, will allow students to gauge their progress and improve their performance.
Information Technology Students will be required to use word processing technology for the two essays, and presentation software for the presentation. The students will be directed to sources of data for chemical information.
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and employability issues are embedded in the personal tutor sessions. The skills element is aimed specifically at the development of professional skills with direct relevance to employment in the environmental sector.
Problem solving This module will develop a series of skills to enable students to research and address a series of key questions in EES. The module is designed to build these skills incrementally by providing feedback on early exercises prior to setting later assessment. Their problem solving skills will therefore be developed incrementally using a variety of smaller exercises and examples.
Research skills The students will be introduced to new topics which will require additional research. Specific ‘further information’ questions will be set from a number of the tutorials to encourage use of research and information literacy skills.
Subject Specific Skills The assignments address both generic skills, such as writing and oral communication, alongside subject-specific skills. The ability to deal with chemical data is vital to most jobs in the environmental sector and a good standard of numeracy is also considered important by potential employers.
Team work While not assessed, there will be opportunities for students to work as a team.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4