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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

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
  • 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


Topics typically taught in this module include: - Academic Integrity - Academic writing skills - Critical thinking, critical reading and assessment of data sources

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods typically include: - lectures - group tutorials - employability talk - fieldtrip - group work around fieldtrip.

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Cottrell, S. (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 


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.


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1500 words) 40%
Essay  (2000 words) 60%


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

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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

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