Module Details

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Title RESEARCH SKILLS (GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE)
Code ENVS203
Coordinator Dr P Williamson
Geography and Planning
P.Williamson@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 5 FHEQ Whole Session 15

Aims

Provide students with training in research methods and analysis techniques

Develop students' understanding and appreciation of the Environmental Sciences as a contemporary academic discipline

Nurture students' understanding of, and engagement with, theoretical and methodological issues in the Environmental Sciences

Develop students' skills of critical analysis and academic writing

Support students' preparation for individual research projects

Develop students' study and personal transferable skills

Develop students' awareness of careers and employability.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Geography and the Environmental Sciences in recent decades

(LO2) Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of different methodological strategies

(LO3) Making use of newly-developed research skills and knowledge, identify a research problem or subject and design an appropriate research strategy

(LO4) Write a dissertation proposal in an academic style with appropriate illustrations, citations and references

(LO5) Enhanced ability to write an essay in a technical English academic style

(LO6) Make an oral presentation on a researched topic to a small group

(LO7) Develop personal employability skills through application letter and CV development

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Numeracy

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) Communication skills

(S6) IT skills


Syllabus

 

Semester One focuses on careers and employability

The syllabus is delivered via a lecture/workshop series comprising core components for all students and options aimed at the two main sub-disciplines within the module (physical and social science), and twelve tutorial sessions aimed at more specific subject groups (environmental science, physical geography and human geography). The tutorials provide the learning environment for PDP/employability, for setting, supervising and marking assessment tasks, and for facilitating general discussions. Taught sessions will include:

Year Two induction & Enhancing Employability in Year Two

Networking and LinkedIn

CVs, Job Applications, Job Interviews

Semester Two  is focused on research skills and, in particular, on design and set up of a dissertation.

The lecture and practical elements run for seven weeks and are divided into two separate themes: physical geography and environmental sc ience, and human geography. The core themes will include:

Dissertation skills, employability & skills

Interviews and focus groups

Qualitative secondary data for human geographers/physical geographers and environmental scientists

Quantitative secondary data for human geographers/physical geographers and environmental scientists

Doing research: where do you start?

How to complete your dissertation proposal

Designing a survey

Analysing interview data (human geographers)

Ethnography (human geographers) / Research design (physical geographers and environmental scientists)

Archives (human geographers) /Research design (physical geographers and environmental scientists)


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Research skills training
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Some lecture sessions include workshop elements and may last 2 hours.

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Normally run fortnightly throughout the session

Teaching Method 3 - Practical
Description: Research skills training
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 34

  10

    6

50
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 100
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Individual oral presentation of dissertation proposal There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (W  Approx. 5 minutes (5    10       
Dissertation proposal There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2  Approx. 2000 words    40       
Employability exercise There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  Approx. 750 words    15       
203 literature essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  Approx. 1500 words    35       

Recommended Texts

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