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CEG1711 : Tutorial Study Skills for Geomatics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Henny Mills
  • Lecturer: Professor Zhenhong Li, Professor Philip James, Professor Jon Mills, Professor Peter Clarke, Dr Ciprian Spatar, Dr Nigel Penna
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is intended to introduce incoming Stage 1 students to the methods and expectations of studying Geomatics at university, and to highlight the differences in study patterns and study skills between school and higher education. The skills obtained will assist in ensuring confidence in study.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, practical classes, small-group tutorials, fieldwork and events.
1. Two day management skills fieldwork (Grinton Lodge Youth Hostel)
2. Practical class: Introduction to the university library
3. Lecture: Essay writing skills
4. Lecture: Oral and poster presentation methods; using IT to enhance study skills
5. Lecture: other elements of studying (note taking, reading, time management, revision practices, examination skills, e-portfolio)
6. Event: Life during and after Geomatics evening fair (learning about the Geomatics profession)
7. Small group tutorial: coursework expectations (e-portfolio)
8. Small group tutorial: discussing essay submission
9. Small group tutorial: discussing future exercises (inc. looking forward to CEG1701 fieldcourse)
10.Small group tutorial: the mathematical basis for geomatics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Subject Fair
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Submission of library worksheet and research paper.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:001 Report (Subject Fair)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork210:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0051:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is intended to strengthen students’ existing study skills and introduce new skills. The mixture of learning methods is appropriate to present a wide range of skills.

Knowledge of the Geomatics profession is engendered by the evening subject fair event scheduled; essay skills and other communication methods are introduced in lectures; mastery of library usage is fostered by the practical classes; teamwork is promoted throughout and in particular is stressed during the two day fieldwork.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M201 Report (Subject Fair - 400 words).
Essay1M601000 word essay
Written exercise1M20Submission of library worksheet and research paper (5 hours).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1MCompletion of E-Portfolio as a method to record key skills aqusition.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As the aim of this module is to engage with students and inform them of our working practices and how their study skills can fit in to our model, it is not expected that there is a significant amount of ‘testing’. Work submitted directly relates to the timetabled activities. Attendance is compulsory at all sessions, as attendance forms part of the study skills set.

The report on fieldwork gives an opportunity to reflect on teamwork skills; the essay gives practice on written communication and the synthesis of ideas; the report on the subject fair enhances knowledge of the geomatics profession; and the library worksheet and research paper promotes library skills. Each of these submissions is summatively assessed.

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