GVMT2-Geography Research Tutorials 2

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Giuseppe Feola

Email: g.feola@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

• to deepen knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Human Geography;
• to enable discussion of research issues with practising researchers, and to develop critical awareness of current research;
• to develop key research skills in preparation for doctoral research or professional employment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able:
• to discuss the nature and significance of substantive and conceptual issues at the forefront of research in the particular topic;
• to evaluate the nature and quality of spatial data and the competing methodological and theoretical approaches to key issues in the subject area of the essay and to develop critiques of them
• to locate, extract, and assemble data and information from varied sources, with initiative and minimal guidance
• to take a creative approach to key issues and to develop independent interpretations of material through self-directed research
• to synthesise wide-ranging material and to articulate arguments effectively and clearly in writing an assessed essay and orally in tutorials

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to develop independent problem-solving skills in evaluating complex and incomplete interdisciplinary data. Tutorial discussions, critical reviews and the development of an individual essay topic encourage independent learning, as well as communication skills and personal responsibility.

Outline content:
Module GVMT involves attendance at the Reading Researcher Development Programme and other training events, for example those organised by the ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre.
Before commencing this degree programme, each student will undertake a learning needs assessment with the programme director. This assessment will take into account the prior research experience of the student and their personal aims and objectives. Training requirements for the dissertation module will also be taken into account.
Following this learning needs assessment, the student will be offered a bespoke combination of training modules that meets their requirements, drawn from the RRDP and ESRC SE-DTC programmes. Students may also attend outside training events, such as the Essex Summer School in Data Analysis and short courses offered by external training providers (within and beyond the HE sector) where appropriate.
The programme director must approve the combination of training modules before the student begins their degree.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Assessment will be by the dissertation and by two supervised essays, produced following the first tutorial meeting in each Term. At the tutorial meeting, the tutor and student will discuss recent training events the student has attended. Following this meeting, a 5,000 word essay will be set by the tutor. This essay will invite the student to critically reflect on recent training events and contextualise their learning in wider philosophical and/or methodological debates in Human Geography. This essay will be marked and feedback given in the next tutorial meeting.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4
Project Supervision 16
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

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: 21 December 2016

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