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.
All tutorial staff
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%