|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 1 First essay (1,500 words)||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Presentation Oral presentation (10 minutes)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 2 Second essay (1,500 words)||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay 1 First essay (1,500 words) resit||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Presentation Oral presentation (10 mins) resit||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay 2 Second essay (1,500 words) resit||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate awareness of the standards, expectations and practices of Geography and Environmental Science and a university level.
Discuss selected key geographical and envirionmental challenges and management solutions.
Identify appropriate data sources and resources for Geography and Environmental Science, including books, journals and websites, and show an appreciation of the issues involved in their use.
The module includes an assessed tutorial component with personal academic tutors in small groups of about five students. In this conponent of the module study and personal skills are developed, career ambitions explored and academic discussion takes place in both small-group and personal tutorials. Academic coursework examines key debates and themes in Geography and Environmental Science 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 and effective reading programme; styles of note making/annotation and bibliographic referencing;
· Data analysis and interpretation;
· 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 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 this academic role, discussion can take place of employability and careers opportunities.
The module is assessed through three summative assignments and supported by one formative assignment. The first assignment (1,500 words; 40%) consists of an essay. The second assignment consists of a 10 minute presentation (20%), while the final assignment consists of an essay (1,500 words; 40%).
Through small-group tutorials which explore the lecture themes in more detail, this module also 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 eight tutorial sessions (which inculde personal tutor meetings) will develop the following skills:
· Evaluating and reviewing library and learning resources;
· Writing for academic audiences;
· Revision techniques;
· Oral presentation skills.
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.
|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 aer embedded in the personal tutor sessions.|
|Problem solving||Students will have the opportunity to solve geographic/environmental science problems during the fieldwork component of the module.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to research, evaluate and analyse information for coursework.|
|Subject Specific Skills||The fieldtrip, lecture slots and 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 4