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Geography Tutorials: Critical Thinking & Techniques (Module)

Module description

This module is taught wholly by small-group tutorials (maximum 7 students) and covers a set of topics and assignments designed to encourage good study skills, including proper Harvard Referencing, note taking,  plagiarism  vs.  paraphrasing,  fundamental  grammar  skills  and  coursework  structure,  the difference  between  different  kinds  of  source  material,  researching  topics,  critical  evaluation  of evidence, the ability to develop a logical argument, the ability to present research in a variety of formats, and examination techniques. Tutorial topics will comprise some related to first year taught modules in the first year Geography degree programme, with others set by individual tutors. The six assessed assignments required during the course of the year include essay writing, report writing, and visual presentation. Most of the assessed assignments are intended to be formative, and are returned rapidly to the students (within two weeks) with group discussions of any weaknesses of a given coursework, and how to improve on these to strengthen the next coursework.

Staff information

All tutorial staff

Teaching pattern

Weekly one-hour tutorials in both terms

Module assessment - more information

3 x 1200 word assignments 15% each; 2 x 1600 word assignments 15% each; poster 15%; presentation 10%

Key information

Module code 4SSG1008

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 30 credits

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No