Module Catalogue 2022/23

GEO1096 : Geographical Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Simon Tate
  • Other Staff: Miss Rachel Duffy
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Code Title
GEO1010Interconnected World
GEO1018Geographical Analysis
GEO1020Introduction to Physical Geography
GEO1103Quantitative Geographical Analysis
Co Requisite Comment

Core modules for L701, F800 and FH82 students in stage 1 (GEO1010 AND GEO1018 or GEO1103 AND GEO1020)

Module teaches study skills that are (a) specific to L701/F800/FH82 students and (b) adopts an experiential learning style which teaches study skills by using examples relevant to other stage 1 core modules.

Aims

The overall purpose of this module is to help new undergraduate L701, F800, and FH82 students gain the skills required to transition from school into university, and subsequently into the graduate job market. To do so, there are three key aims:

The first aim of this module is to help new undergraduate L701, F800 and FH82 geography students to make the transition from the styles of teaching and learning used in schools to those used in universities. It does this by helping students to acquire the study skills and transferable skills that they need to successfully complete stages 2 and 3 of their degree.

The second aim of the module is support students in developing skills necessary to monitor and maintain their own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of others. This includes the recognition of the available support and the awareness of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aspects.

The third aim of the module is to encourage students to begin to think about possible graduate careers, to encourage students to reflect critically upon their current CV and to identify what employability skills and work experience they will need to acquire before the start of stage 3. In so doing, the module will make links between the study skills required for a degree and the transferable/employability skills required by graduate recruiters.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Key wellbeing skills: wellbeing, care and self-care, available resources, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, self-reflection, group dynamics and work
2.       Key study skills: time management, note-taking, Library and information orientation, reading and writing, argumentation, presentation skills
3.       Key employability skills: CV and cover letters, competency questions, job interviews

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By successfully undertaking this module students will:

•       understand the differences between the styles of teaching and learning used in schools to those used in universities.
•       understand the study skills required to successfully complete their degree programme.
•       understand the different assessment types used throughout their degree programme.
•       understand key elements of wellbeing and the importance of personal wellbeing.
•       understand key issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and their importance at the university.
•       be able to reflect critically upon their current CV and to identify what employability skills and experiences they will need to acquire before the start of stage 3.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Intended Skill Outcomes (maximum 4000 characters):

By successfully undertaking this module students will:

•       have demonstrated that they recognise different sources of support available at the university
•       have demonstrated that they can and self-manage time effectively.
•       understand the importance of self-reflection and taking responsibility for their own learning.
•       have demonstrated that thy can take effective notes.
•       have demonstrated that they are able to search the Robinson Library for books and journal articles.
•       understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
•       have demonstrated that they can use the Harvard system of referencing.
•       have demonstrated that they understand the requirements of the mark scheme for geography.
•       have demonstrated that they can structure a coherent argument in essays.
•       have demonstrated that they can evaluate and criticise information and ideas.
•       have demonstrated that thy can write coherently.
•       have demonstrated that they can give effective pre-recorded oral presentations.
•       have demonstrated that they can build effective working relationships and collaborate as part of a team.
•       have learned effective revision techniques and skills for undertaking University exams.
•       have demonstrated a high level of competence in the use of a range of ICT applications.
•       be able to reflect critically upon their current CV.
•       be able to identify opportunities for the development of employability skills and work experiences.
•       have demonstrated they understand what enterprise skills are and how to evidence them
•       understand the importance of being able to demonstrate transferable skills on graduate job application forms and at interviews.
•       have demonstrated that they can undertake personal reflection and use it for further personal and professional development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion430:00120:00Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyProject work110:0010:00Group work assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Drop-in surgeries, PIP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Total195:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To facilitate the transition to university, the majority of the module is taught in-person, in small seminar groups, on a weekly basis. The small group format assists with the induction of students into the University by (a) helping to promote the early establishment of friendships on the course; and (b) by ensuring that each student is known by sight and by name by a seminar leader with whom they have weekly contact.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20“University orientation” exercise
Essay1M301,200 words, option to choose a physical or human geography topic. Will be first submitted as a formative assessment with mock mark.
Portfolio2M30Employability portfolio: CV, covering letter, employability action plan, pre-recorded job presentation
Report2M20Group project: reflection on studying Geography at the university, 1,000-word report.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MIdentical essay as for the summative assessment. Students will be able to draw on the formative feedback.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first assessment will be a problem solving exercise asking students to demonstrate their awareness of the existing services and resources at the university, including Library, information skills, wellbeing support, EDI issues and support within the School. This assessment will serve to demonstrate students’ familiarity with university infrastructure and key principles underlying the university life.

The second assessment is an academic essay, with students having a choice of either physical or human geography topic. The essay will be first submitted as a formative assessment (draft) with full feedback provided. The formative version will be the first academic essay written by this cohort of students and will be crucial for their confidence in completing other pieces of academic work.

The third assessment addresses the careers and employability learning objectives. Students will prepare a career portfolio responding to a fictional job, including written (CV, cover letter) and performed (pre-recorded job presentation) materials. The assessment will also introduce students to presentation skills, but due to the nature of the academic year and the importance of digital technologies, the presentation will be pre-recorded and delivered online only.

The fourth assessment addresses student’s skills in group work and their ability to reflect fully on their university experience, including aspects of wellbeing and prospects beyond graduation. Working in small groups, the students will be asked to prepare a short report in plain language reflecting on the student experience, addressing key challenges and prospects, with personal illustrations.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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