Module Information

Module Identifier
GG11910
Module Title
Level 1 Geography Tutorial
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  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.  1,500-word submission: a) 1,200-word essay; b) 300- word commentary.   40%
Semester Assessment Presentation  20%
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  Script and visual material in lieu of presentation   20%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

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


2. Demonstrate an understanding of selected key concepts and ideas in Geography.

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

4. Produce assessed work of a style and standard appropriate to university level coursework.

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

Aims

  • 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.

Brief description

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 First Year Tutorial module examines key debates and themes in Geography, 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 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 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 three assignments. The first assignment (1,500 words; 40%) consists of an essay (1,200 words; 80%) and a commentary noting how students have responded to formative feedback (300 words; 20%). The second assignment consists of a five-minute presentation (20%), while the final assignment consists of an essay (40%).

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 audiences;
• Responding to feedback;
• Revision techniques;
• Presentation techniques.

Other issues relating to pastoral development – such as signposting university and local services, 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 not explicitly addressed in this module.
Communication Students will be required to present written work in an appropriate academic register, and to present orally in a clear and professional manner.
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.
Information Technology Students will be required to use word processing technology for the two essays, and presentation software for the presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and employability issues are embedded in the personal tutor sessions.
Problem solving This is not explicitly targeted in this module.
Research skills Students will be required to research and evaluate and analyse information for coursework
Subject Specific Skills The three assignments address key debates and themes in geography.
Team work While not assessed, there will be opportunities for students to work as a team.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4