Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
First Year Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Science Tutorial
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 Words  40%
Semester Assessment Presentation  5 minute presentation  20%
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  5 minute presentation  20%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify appropriate data sources and resources for Environmental Earth Science and Environmental 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 and Environmental 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 and Environmental Science core includes an assessed tutorial component with personal academic tutorials in small groups. 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 and Environmental 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;

• Environmental Earth Science and Environmental 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: A first semester essay (40%) of 1500 words; A five-minute presentation (20%); A second semester essay (40%) of 1500 words.


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 scheduled 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.

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 academic tutorial activities and engagement with relevant literature and published data.
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; Academic tutorial exercises and discussions 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.
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and employability issues are embedded in the personal tutor sessions. There is a key focus on 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 Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Science. The module is designed to build these skills incrementally by providing feedback on early exercises which can be built on in 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. vital to most jobs in the environmental sector.
Team work While not assessed, there will be opportunities for students to work as a team.


This module is at CQFW Level 4