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|Title||STUDY SKILLS AND GIS|
Dr P Williamson
Geography and Planning
|Year||CATS Level||Semester||CATS Value|
|Session 2019-20||Level 4 FHEQ||Whole Session||30|
To develop essential study and disciplinary skills required by Geographers, both for their current studies and future employment.
Introduce students to key approaches/concepts and ideas in Geography.
To help students identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information.
Develop students' study skills and provide essential training for subsequent years Develop students' personal transferable skills.
To enhance student employability and make students aware of the key skills taught throughout the programme relevant to career and employability development.
To introduce the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental/Social Science.
(LO1) Ability to record field observations and ideas.
(LO2) Use IT tools to find accurate and up to date information.
(LO3) Undertake independent GPS data collection.
(LO4) Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.
(LO5) Plan and structure written work to University standard.
(LO6) Ability to critically evaluate academic publications.
(LO7) Prepare and deliver poster presentations.
(LO8) Awareness of the importance of early planning for employability enhancement.
(S1) Lifelong learning skills
(S2) IT skills
(S3) Communication skills
Semester One will include:
Two GIS practicals and one GIS lecture;
One lecture on referencing and plagiarism, plus a self-guided assignment;
A VITAL quiz (which students must pass to proceed to Year Two);
Residential fieldclass Tutorials based on the following structure:
Tutorial One (by end of week two)
Welcome and getting to know the group: differences between Geography at School/College and degree-level;
What is formative and summative assessment;
Reading : how to choose what to read; how to read/take notes.
Assignment for Tutorial Two:
Write a précis of TWO readings from your module reading lists [ formative ] (Max. 1 side A4 per précis) Bring printed copies of each précis to the next tutorial.
Visit the web resource www.citethemrightonline.com (which provides a host of online material on citation, referencing and plagiarism). Spend some time familiarising yourself with the material availa ble here, in particular the sections discussed in this handbook under ‘Further help: Cite them Right’ (in the section on Referencing). Come prepared to discuss these sections in the next tutorial.
Tutorial Two (by end of week four)
Use précis to share and discuss readings and the art of note-taking
Why is referencing important?
Avoiding plagiarism (including discussion of web resource)
How to cite academic sources (books, book chapters, journal articles, reports, etc) (including discussion of web resource)
Assignment for Tutorial Three:
Bibliography [ formative ] Select a Geographical topic of interest (e.g., migration, flooding). Find an example of each source listed below and create a reference list for these sources:
Chapter in an edited book;
Book (authored, not edited);
Newspaper article Bring to your PDP meeting.
Note that there is a guide to referenci ng under the ‘Study Skills’ section of this handbook
How to submit assignments and receive feedback online [formative]
Visit the web resource
Here you can find downloadable guides to submitting assignments online using Turnitin and on viewing your feedback. There is also a series of short videos outlining some of the basics; watch each of these and come prepared to discuss in the next tutorial.
Tutorial three (by end of week six)
One-to-one PDP meetings:
PDP discussion: Academic and social settling in and first impressions of university life
Importance of extra-curricular activities Summer vacation placements
Progress towards employability
Personal goals and targets for academic year
Is there anything personal that the department should know about you, e.g. disability, difficulties?
Any questions or concern s you wish to raise, including regarding online submission and feedback
Feedback on bibliography
Assignment for Tutorial Four:
Write a c.1500 word essay on a topic agreed with your tutor (e.g. a past exam paper question). The essay should cite at least 3 acasemic resources and include a bibliography.Bring to your next group tutorial.
Note that there is a guide to writing essays under the ‘Study Skills’ section of this handbook.
Tutorial Four (by end of Week eight)
Self- and Peer evaluation of formative essays:
Read and provide written feedback on two or three of your peers’ essays; then re-read and self-evaluate your own essay
Tutor will retain the hard copies of your essay, and give written feedback by no later than your next tutorial.
Learning from feedback:
What is feedback, and what should you do with it? (Including thinking back to the videos you watched for tutorial three)
Writing essays workshop:
Academic writing style: constructing arguments
Critical reading: how to use your readings
Assignment for Tutorial Five:
1,500 word essay on selected theme (redraft of formative essay) [summative]
Upload your redrafted essay onto VITAL by the date set by your academic advisor.
[Tutor to provide written feedback]
Tutorial 5 (by end of week 10)
Generic essay feedback [5 mins]
Aspirational CV : [15 mins]
What is an aspirational CV and why this is important?
What will your CV need to look like by the end of Year Two to give yourself the maximum chance of success of achieving your post-University goals (e.g. getting a graduate job)?
Why is summer work experience important?
Exam technique [25 mins] Strategies for revising and writing essays under pressure
Assignment for tutorial six:
Create an aspirational CV [formative]
For your n ext tutorial, prepare an aspirational CV of the key ingredients you aim to have by the end of Year 2, in order to secure your post-University goals.
Semester Two will include:
Two GIS practicals and one GIS lecture;
One Careers Lecture;
Tutorials based on the following structure:
Tutorial Six (by end of week two)
Compare Aspirational CVs with regards to both content and formatting
Discussion of internship application exercise.
As a group, select one of the internship opportunities, for which you will write an application (these will be available on Vital before the tutorial slot) . Discuss the requirements of the internship and what would make a good application.
Assignment for tutorial seven:
Mock internship application [summative]
Complete your mock internship application and submit onto Vital by the date set by your academic advisor. Your mark will come from your mock application.
Bring a printed copy to next tutorial.
NOTE: The application can be entirely fictitious, provided that it is plausible. Marks will be based on the use made of content and formatting.
Tutorial seven (by end of week four)
Mock shortlisting panel for internship
Each member of the tutorial group reviews each internship application.
Determine a rank of applications and which should be ‘shortlisted’.
Which applications were most effective?
Which elements let applicants down?
How might you use this exercise to improve your chances of a successful application?
Confidential summative feedback on your mock application will be provided by your academic advisor at a later date.
Assignment for tutorial eight:
Identify your favourite reading to-date from each module you are taking. Come to PDP prepared to discuss.
Tutorial eight (by end of week six)
One-to-one PDP meetings:
Reflection on Semester 1 exam results
Assignment for tutorial nine:
Critical review [formative]
For your next tutorial, write a brief (c.500 words) critical review of a recent journal paper, on a topic of your choice. Include a discussion of each of the questions listed as bullet points 1-6 under ‘Advice on reading academic papers’ in the ‘Study Skills’ section of the handbook.
Tutorial Nine (by end of week eight)
Discussion of Critical Reviews
Critical reading workshop:
How do you read academic journal articles?
How has your ability to understand papers developed over your first year?
How might you improve your reading technique?
Assignment for Tutorial Ten:
Self-reflection on transferrable skills.
Using the list of transferrable skills at the back of module handbook, consider:
Which general skills and attributes have you impro ved in Year 1?
How do these skills and attributes relate to the modules you have taken?
What skills are covered well?
What do you think might be missing?
Reflect on what strengths and weaknesses you have, in relation to these skills: Which skills are you most confident with? Which do you think you might want to develop?
Tutorial Ten (by end of week ten)
[Final tutorial with academic advisor]
Group self-reflection on the first year
Reflect on your first year as an undergraduate student: how have you adapted to the challenges of University life?
Discussion of strengths/weaknesses, and things to improve on
Group Self-reflection on transferrable skills:
Discuss the questions posed for your assignment for this tutorial
Exam technique revisited Lessons learnt from the first semester exams
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Teaching Method 3 - Laboratory Work
Teaching Method 4 - Field Work
|Lectures||Seminars||Tutorials||Lab Practicals||Fieldwork Placement||Other||TOTAL|
|Timetable (if known)|
|Penalty for late
|Penalty for late
|Online test on academic referencing and plagiarism There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :S||10-15 questions||0|
|Mock internship application There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :weeks 18-20||Mock internship appl||15|
|Tutorial essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :week 10||Essay 1500 words||20|
|Group-based Field Trip Poster & Presentation There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1||A3 poster and presen||15|
|GIS Practicals There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1 and 2||4 practical exercise||50|
|Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.|