Module Details

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Title Study Skills and GIS
Code ENVS100
Coordinator Dr KPS Thakar
Geography and Planning
Kush.Thakar@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 4 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Aims

The educational aims of this module are to:

Develop essential study and disciplinary skills required by Geographers and Environmental Scientists, both for their current studies and future employment.

Introduce students to key approaches/concepts and ideas in Geography and Environmental Science.

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.

Enhance student employability and make students aware of the key skills taught throughout the programme relevant to career and employability development.

Introduce the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental/Social Science.


Learning Outcomes

(E1) Construct a graduate-level CV and to sell self to employer via a covering letter or elevator pitch

(E2) Show awareness of the importance of early planning for employability enhancement.

(LO1) Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.

(LO2) Plan and structure written work to University standard.

(LO3) Critically evaluate academic publications.

(LR1) Use IT tools to find accurate and up to date information.

(LR2) Collect, analyse and present field data.

(S1) Demonstrate lifelong learning skills

(S2) Demonstrate IT skills

(S3) Demonstrate communication skills


Syllabus

 

Tutorials and lectures will cover:
The School/University transition
The University of Liverpool Code of Practice on Academic Integrity
Citation and Referencing
Critical reading and note-taking
Personal Development Planning
Essay writing
Career development and Employability enhancement
Exam technique

Lectures and practicals will cover
An introduction to Geographic Information Science
The basics of computer mapping using QGIS
More advanced GIS techniques for use in the mapping of population and environmental data


Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module uses the following Teaching & Learning Methods:

(1) Lectures - to introduce key concepts relating to study skills, employability and GIS

(2) Tutorials - to provide a forum for discussing, practising and providing formative and summative feedback the development of key skills. Also to provide a forum for providing general pastoral and academic support.

(3) Computer practicals - to provide hands-on experience of using GIS

(4) Fieldwork - to provide hands-on experience of collecting, analysing and interpreting data

Active learning is embedded throughout the module, via tutorial activities, tutorial assignments, computer practicals and fieldwork.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 9

  15

16

12

  52
Timetable (if known)       60 mins X 2 totaling 16
 
     
Private Study 248
TOTAL HOURS 300

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
Online test on the University of Liverpool Code of Practice on Academic Integrity. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessmen         
A group poster (and associated group presentation*) based on four field activities. * The intention is for the fieldclass to be residential, with the group poster and presentation on the final day;    10       
Tutorial essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is NOT an anonymous assessment * * Tutors mark their own tutees' essays, so need to know the    20       
GIS Practical #1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    12       
GIS Practical #2 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    13       
Aspirational CV There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This assignment is NOT anonymously assessed * Tutors mark their own tutees' assignments, so need         
'Elevator Pitch' video There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This assignment is NOT anonymously assessed * Tutors mark their own tutees' assignments, s         
GIS Prac #3 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    12       
GIS Prac #4 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    13       

Recommended Texts

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