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CEG1711 : Tutorial Study Skills for Geospatial Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Henny Mills
  • Lecturer: Professor Peter Clarke, Dr Ciprian Spatar, Dr Nigel Penna, Dr Alistair Ford, Professor Stuart Barr, Professor Philip James, Professor Jon Mills
  • 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 Geospatial engineering 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 and being able to successful study at University and be able to apply the correct study methods as well work to expected guidance.

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: Introduction to studying at Newcastle University
4.       Lecture: Introduction to Newcastle University student services
5.       Lecture: Essay writing skills
6.       Seminar: Referencing
7.       Lecture: Oral and poster presentation methods; using IT to enhance study skills
8.       Lecture: Other elements of studying (note taking, reading, time management, revision practices, examination skills, e-portfolio)
9.       Event: Industrial Event GENIE : Geospatial Engineering Newcastle Industry Engagement(learning about the Geomatics profession)
10.       Small group tutorial: coursework expectations
11.       Small group tutorial: discussing essay submission
12.       Small group tutorial: the mathematical basis for geospatial Engineering
13.       Introduction to AutoCAD as technical drawing tool

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00PIP Seminars on presentations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion25:0010:00Referencing, synchronous and non-synchronous delivery
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities23:006:00Follow up activities from careers and library session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Meet you tutor. PiP.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Seminars - Careers session,. Library induction. AutoCAD introduction
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork19:009:00off campus (in locality) Present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00Independent study for coursework
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.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Industry and careers session exercise
Essay1M501000 word subject specific essay
Written exercise1M24Canvas working sheets
Computer assessment1M6AutoCAD submission
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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