Module Identifier GG11910  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Geoff Duller  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Richard M Lucas  
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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 60% Essays; 30% Assignments; 10% Tutor's 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.100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
The module has three specific objectives. First, as a source of close, working contact, it can more effectively address the
general academic and pastoral problems confronted by students during the year. Second, the Geography Tutorial Module is
designed to draw out the themes that run through the Part 1 Geography programme. Third, it will address a defined range of study skills, enabling students to cope more effectively with the basic demands of academic study, develop transferable skills, and enable them to exploit more fully the possibilities offered by our programme.

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


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 Level 1 Tutorial module examines the themes that emerge from the topics discussed in the first year Geography modules 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 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. 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.


The tutorial module is designed to be a complementary module for students taking at least 30 credits in Geography modules. It
provides a basis for close and regular supervisory contact with students throughout the year.


This module is at CQFW Level 4