GVMRS-Geography Research Seminars

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: GVMT Geography Research Tutorials
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Giuseppe Feola

Email: g.feola@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

•to deepen knowledge and understanding of current research in Human Geography
•to develop critical thinking and inquiry skills by participating in discussion
•to develop key research skills in preparation for doctoral research or professional

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to:
•to understand the format and style of an academic research seminar
•to critically engage with questioning and discussion following the presentation
•to reflect on the professional standards and intellectual requirements of seminar presenters

Additional outcomes:
For students that wish to pursue an academic career, this module will allow networking with academics from the University of Reading and other institutions.

Outline content:
Research seminars are organised regularly throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms by the Human Environments Research Group and the Earth Systems Science Research Group. The dates, times and locations of these seminars are widely advertised each term. Students will be expected to attend all research seminars and to actively participate in discussions and questions. Students will also have an opportunity to meet and discuss speakers individually after the seminar and, where appropriate, will be invited to any meals or social events that follow. Students will be expected to reflect on the presentation style, content and subsequent discussion associated with each seminar in a research diary.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
After attending the seminar, students will discuss the content and style of the presentation with their personal tutor. They will then reflect on their experience of the seminar in a research diary, making a short entry of around 500 words in each case.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 10
Project Supervision 5 5
Guided independent study 35 35
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Failed coursework may be resubmitted in the following academic year, but it cannot carry forward more than a pass mark.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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