KE3004 - Transition Skills and Fieldwork in Geography and Environmental sciences

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What will I learn on this module?

Through this module, you will be supported to develop a range of skills which will be critical to your progression from your foundation degree onto your subsequent undergraduate programme. You will learn and develop the key intellectual skills and personal attributes required for effective study in geography or environmental sciences and future graduate employment. The module aims to support your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and through the development of reflective practice and feedback, develop ways of monitoring your own academic performance and progress. Specifically, the module will cover: managing the transition to university life; key academic skills, such as
time-management, academic literature search, essay writing, referencing, communication and presentation skills, field-observation and team-work; and how geographical and environmental perspectives inform our understanding of contemporary real world issues.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through an introductory lectures, field-work, interactive workshops and tutorials. You will also have access to a range of learning resources, including electronic reading lists, made available via the module eLP site.

The introductory lecture will set the scene for the module delivery, assessment and its integration with your wider study programme. As part of the module, you will participate in a short UK-based residential field visit where you will develop your team-work skills and field observation techniques and be introduced to some local geographical and environmental issues. Interactive workshops will explore key aspects of the process of transition from further to higher education, including academic expectations, ideas around criticality and factors influencing your levels of engagement and motivation. During weekly group tutorials, you will interact with a small group of your peers (around 10 students in total) from your foundation degree programme and your designated personal tutor who will also teach primarily within your subject area. Discussions will focus on student-centred activities relating to the above topics and associated assessment tasks, including formative feedback and how best to feed this forward into future assessments in this and other modules. You will also have an opportunity at least once per semester to meet individually with your personal tutor to reflect on your academic progress, performance and future plans. Your personal tutor will also be your first line of support should you experience any personal difficulties, which may impact on your studies.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As part of the induction process in the Department, you will be assigned to a dedicated personal tutor who will offer academic and pastoral support throughout your programme of study. Your tutor will teach primarily within your subject area and so will be familiar with the issues and challenges that you may face. Your tutor will lead the group and individual tutorial sessions, guiding you through the subject content, overseeing the assessment and feedback process and monitoring and supporting your performance and progress. They will support your transition from a largely teacher-centred, passive approach to learning in a further education context, to a more active and reflective student-centred approach to learning in a higher education context.

Your class materials will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site, including an interactive reading list, and aligned with your weekly tutorial programme. You will also have access to University-wide resources available via the University website’s ‘study’ link and the ‘Skills +’ section of the University Library link. Your personal tutors have an open door policy during normal working hours and are responsive to communication via e-mail to support your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Outline key academic issues of relevance to your subject discipline.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 2: Develop and apply a range of skills and practices (e.g. written prose, citation & referencing, oral presentation, field observation and independent research) that enable you to cope effectively with the demands of academic study at HE level.
• MLO 3: Communicate effectively to diverse audiences using a range of formats and media, recognising the need to justify your own opinions and to challenge your own thinking and the thinking of others.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• ML4O 4: demonstrate the capacity for sustained independent work and the ability to work with others effectively as a member of a team.

• MLO 5: Value curiosity, collaboration and analysis as keystones in the creation of new knowledge and practice and establish good working relationships with staff and fellow students.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessments on this module are: one 1500 word essay (40%) a group presentation (40%) and a field work notebook (20%). These assessments address different aspects of all five MLOs.

The essay (40%) will be set by your tutor and relate to an academic issue relevant to your chosen degree pathway. You will get the opportunity to submit a draft version of your essay to get formative feedback from your tutor before your actual summative submission. Your final submission will be self-assessed using the department’s essay marking criteria under the guidance and supervision of your tutor.

Working as a small group within your tutor group you will research a subject-specific issue aligned to your programme of study and give a short 15-minute assessed presentation (40%).

You will be given a notebook at the start of your residential field visit and directed to record observational notes and reflections and to make annotated field sketches during the course of the trip. You will hand in your completed notebook (c. 1000 words) for assessment (20%) at the end of the trip.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

In this module, you will develop the key intellectual skills and personal attributes required for effective study. This will be largely achieved through engagement with your dedicated Personal Tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout your programme of study. He/she will lead group and individual tutorial sessions, guiding you through the subject content, overseeing the assessment and feedback process and monitoring and supporting your performance and progress.

Teaching and learning activities are tailored towards your own degree programme, giving you a foundation for substantive core modules at level 4, thus providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module will be delivered through an introductory lecture, a series of induction activities, a residential UK field visit, interactive workshops and tutorials. You will also have access to a range of learning resources, including electronic reading lists, made available via the module eLP site. The module will be assessed by an essay (40%) a group presentation (40%) and a field notebook (20%).

What will I learn on this module?

Through this module, you will be supported to develop a range of skills which will be critical to your progression from your foundation degree onto your subsequent undergraduate programme. You will learn and develop the key intellectual skills and personal attributes required for effective study in geography or environmental sciences and future graduate employment. The module aims to support your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and through the development of reflective practice and feedback, develop ways of monitoring your own academic performance and progress. Specifically, the module will cover: managing the transition to university life; key academic skills, such as
time-management, academic literature search, essay writing, referencing, communication and presentation skills, field-observation and team-work; and how geographical and environmental perspectives inform our understanding of contemporary real world issues.

Course info

UCAS Code F920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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