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SOES1003 IT Communication, Field and Laboratory Skills

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To develop an appreciation of both the concept of, and the university regulations pertaining to, academic integrity (AI), and how these can be observed when producing work that contributes to your degree programme 2. To understand how, why and when to employ the SOES protocols associated with referring to the work of other authors in your own pieces of work. This will be partly achieved through the completion of a compulsory online assessment and by the production of a reference list in a tutorial exercise.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Library techniques including literature searches, and use of electronic catalogues
  • Field techniques including keeping an effective notebook, making field observations and interpreting field data
  • IT skills including electronic communication, use of the Internet, operating in the Windows environment, word processing, and spreadsheet manipulation
  • Communication skills in written and oral formats; teamworking, time management, study skills, and self-management
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To understand the full requirements and implications of the university's academic integrity regulations
  • By completion of a compulsory online academic integrity assessment, you will have learnt and know how to employ the SOES protocols associated with referring to the work of other authors in your own pieces of work, i.e. producing reference lists, citing/acknowledging other authors' publications in your written work.

Syllabus

You will develop generic key skills to support your degree studies (information retrieval/processing, communication skills, study skills, employability skills). Specific geology, geophysical or oceanographic field skills will also be developed through lectures and fieldwork. Geology and Geophysics students attend a residential field course during the Easter vacation. Oceanography and Marine Biology students undertake boatwork and practical marine science training during a field course in the Easter vacation. Eight tutorials are also held over both semesters to introduce students to their degree subjects in greater depth.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods Induction week: During the first teaching week you will meet staff and fellow students, receive an introduction to your academic programme and undertake introductory fieldwork. Tutorial programme: will further develop generic skills such as scientific writing and information research. Fieldwork: will provide you with a basic training in geological fieldwork skills (mapping, field observations, logging sedimentary sequences, taking structural measurements)or geophysical field skills (marine surveying, training in geophysical instrumentation) or oceanographic procedures (sea survival, boatwork, data logging, biological/sedimentological sampling, chart reading etc.) A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Independent Study75
Teaching75
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Stow, D.A.V (2005). Sedimentary Rocks in the Field. 

Kunzig, R (2000). Mapping The Deep. Sort of Books.. 

Barnes, J.W with Lisle, R.J (2004). Basic Geological Mapping. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

There are 4 components of assessment: 1) Semester 1 essay, set by the tutor (subject specific) [20%] 2) Semester 2 essay, compulsory assignment on employability (set centrally, marked by tutor) [20%] 3) Fieldwork (degree specific - either Southampton, Tenby, or Titchfield Abbey) [60%] 4) Other work that does not count towards your final course mark, but which is necessary to pass in order to complete the course (e.g. test in Academic Integrity, Library sessions etc.)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Fieldwork 60%
Tutorial Programme 40%

Linked modules

The course comprises the following: 1. Induction week: During the first teaching week students will meet staff (allocated tutor and shadow tutor) and fellow students, receive an introduction to their academic programme and undertake introductory fieldwork. 2. Tutorial programme: will further develop generic skills such as scientific writing and information research. There are 8 tutor-led tutorial sessions (4 per semester) 3. Taught programme: specific skill sets, such as basic statistics and academic integrity will be provided. 4. Fieldwork: will provide you with a basic training in geological fieldwork skills (mapping, field observations, logging sedimentary sequences, taking structural measurements)or geophysical field skills (marine surveying, training in geophysical instrumentation) or oceanographic procedures (sea survival, boatwork, data logging, biological/sedimentological sampling, chart reading etc.). These will take place under the auspices of other course codes and will be dependent on specific degree programmes. Specifically: Oceanography, Marine Biology and Ocean, Earth students - Southampton residential fieldcourse (60%): assessment on a number of the field course minimodules. Geology students - Tenby residential fieldcourse (60%): A series of exercises involving mapping, logging and construction of geological cross-sections from field data. Geophysics students - Tenby residential fieldcourse (45%) + two-day fieldcourse (15%) = 60%.

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