|Module Title||GEOGRAPHY TUTORIAL|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Geoff Duller|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Co-Requisite||Students should be taking Modules amounting to at least 30 credits from amongst other Level 1 Geography Modules (GG/DA)|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||11 Hours|
|Assessment||Continuous assessment||60% Essays; 30% Assignments; 10% Tutor's Assessment||100%|
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 gathering, 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 development and assessment of these study skills will take the form of two short assignments.
In the first semester, for example, these might involve Library skills: in the second semester,
research skills in the gathering and reporting on secondary or local field data. The marks for both
these assignments will be used in the final assessment. In addition, a minimum of four essays must
be submitted as required by the tutor and the marks from three of these will be used in the final
assessment. Topics for essays will vary. They may include themes such as those dealing with
environmental change, or, the relationship between climate and geomorphological processes.
They may examine the impact of population growth on urbanisation, or, globalisation and
nationalism, or, recent structural changes in the world economy and their repercussions on
cultural diversity. The essays are both formative and summative and students should expect
feedback from the tutor after each piece of work on how they may improve subsequent essays.
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 CV building and careers opportunities. A tutor's
judgement of the overall performance of a student over the full programme forms a final, minor
component in module assessment.
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. Unexplained absence will result in the initiation of
disciplinary procedures. Late submission of assignments without good cause will result in the imposition of late submission
penalties, as set out in the Geography Handbook.