GV2SAY-Study Abroad in Geography

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Filippo Menga

Email: f.menga@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The module is designed for students who wish to study abroad for one year, either in Europe as part of the ERASMUS exchange scheme, or in another country where the University has an exchange agreement. It is only open to students on the degrees of Geography (Human, Physical, Human and Physical, and Economics) with Study Year Abroad.

Aims:
The aims of the study abroad year are to develop a knowledge of a range of subject areas relating to the study of Geography and to provide students with an understanding of how these subject areas are perceived and taught overseas. Students will develop an awareness of the different methodologies and will develop research and writing skills appropriate to their new learning environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students are expected to have:
1. followed a prescribed number of appropriate courses at the partner institution, as agreed by both institutions on a Learning Agreement;
2. completed the appropriate continuous assessment and examination requirements for the these courses; and
3. ensured that, where appropriate, they have completed or terminated in the required manner any contract or agreement with the partner institution.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to encourage the development of communication and personal development skills and the fostering of a systematic approach to self-awareness. The overall experience will enhance future career development and employability.

Outline content:
Students will follow courses relating to subject areas they have already taken - in order to extend and develop their knowledge - and/or to subject areas where they have restricted knowledge but which they wish to study for personal, academic or career reasons.

Global context:
All undergraduate programmes in Geography may contain a study abroad year. This module formalises the requirements of this year.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Depending on the course of study followed, teaching and learning may range from lecture format to small group project and team presentation work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Year aboad 500 500 200
       
Total hours by term 500 500 200
       
Total hours for module 1200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:
This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Formative assessment methods:
This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Penalties for late submission:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
Where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Successful completion of the study abroad year does not contribute to the student’s final degree classification.

Reassessment arrangements:
This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students may be eligible for a grant through the ERASMUS exchange scheme if they undertake Study Abroad in a European Institution. Normally students have to pay their own travel and subsistence costs if they study outside Europe. Some funding may be available from the University Study and Travel Fund.

Last updated: 8 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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