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GEOG1007 Skills for Population and Geography

Module Overview

The module seeks to equip first year students with core geographical skills, both intellectual and practical, that are necessary for a successful undergraduate career in Geography.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Facilitate students’ transition as independent learners between A-level and university level study • Provide students with a common foundation to identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information in geography and demography • Develop students’ key geographical and general skills that are essential for studying at university • Inspire students to think critically and reflect on their own learning.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Employ key study and learning skills in geography and demography
  • Identify, locate and effectively use appropriate geographic and demographic information sources, including books, journals and online resources
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources
  • Build a reasoned and sustained argument
  • An introductory understanding of research design and methods
  • Synthesise and present research findings
  • Reflect on their own learning
  • Articulate and communicate ideas effectively and with confidence
  • Work as part of a team as well as independently

Syllabus

Topics typically taught in this module include: - Academic Integrity - Academic writing skills - Critical thinking, critical reading and assessment of data sources - Introduction to research design - Introduction to research methods - Presentation skills (e.g. poster)

Special Features

1. This is a core module for the Population and Geography programme. As such, students need to pass it (40% of mark) and it cannot be compensated by another module. 2. Fieldwork

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods typically include: - lectures - group tutorials - computer lab - poster presentation - employability talk - fieldwork - group work around fieldwork. Weekly drop-in sessions for assignment advice and feedback.

TypeHours
Independent Study120
Teaching30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Knight, P.G. and Parsons, T. (2003). How to do your Essays, Exams and Coursework in Geography and Related Disciplines. 

Kneale, P. E. (2011). Study Skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Students. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

In order to pass the module, students must obtain an overall mark of 40% or above. No particular elements must be passed in addition to this requirement.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis and report  (2000 words) 40%
Assessed written tasks  (2000 words) 40%
Poster Presentation 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay or problem question  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Field Trips

usually one field trip (with no costs for students)

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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