- Professor Catherine Nash (Professor - Queen Mary University of London)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay Students should note that attendance at tutorials is compulsory, as is submission of work by the deadline set by the tutor. 1500 words||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Literature Review Students who fail the module will normally be allowed a resit, which will involve the resubmission of failed on non submitted assignments. 1500 words||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation/project proposal 1800 words||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay 1500 words||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Literature Review 1500 words||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Dissertation/project proposal 1800 words||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Write in an academic style.
2. Critically engage with contemporary literature in Geography
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Geography in recent decades
4. Discuss and analyse the use of different theoretical perspectives within Geography.
5. Identify a research problem or subject and design an appropriate research strategy.
6. Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of different methodological strategies in Geography.
7. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in Geography research.
- To develop students' understanding and appreciation of Geography as a contemporary academic discipline and its historical evolution.
- To nurture students' understanding of and engagement with theoretical and methodological issues in Geography
- To develop students' skills of critical analysis and academic writing
- To support students' preparation for the Dissertation or Joint Honours/Major Project
- To provide support for, and coherence between, the core modules in Geography
- To develop students' study skills
- To develop students' personal transferable skills.
The ten sessions (which include personal tutor meetings) will address the following themes:
• Summarising and synthesizing academic literature;
• Forming and supporting arguments;
• Key debates and approaches to human and/or physical geography;
• Revision techniques;
• Forming research questions;
• Ethics and fieldwork in safety;
• 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.
The study skills covered by the Level 2 Tutorial Module will deal with the following:
Project work/Dissertations [inc. design/problem formulation: data sources/techniques: compiling bibliographies: techniques of report writing]
Styles of geographical thought: spatial/integrative/ecological/systemic/evaluative
The module is assessed through three assignments: an essay (1,500 words, 30%); a literature review (1,500 words, 30%); and a dissertation/joint honours proposal (40%).
|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.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be encouraged to respond to feedback.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to use word processing technology for the coursework.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Personal development and employability issues are embedded in the personal tutor sessions.|
|Problem solving||Students will be required to identify a research problem and to plan a research strategy|
|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.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5