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SOEE1443 Fieldwork and Tutorials 1

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Stephen Arnold

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Non attendance of the field trip without good reason will incur a cost to the student.

Module replaces

SOEE1442 Environmental Science / Meteorology and Climate Science Tutorials

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To equip students with the necessary study skills to enable them to effectively engage with the study in the School of Earth and Environment.
- To support research-led teaching and learning. From the outset, to develop students as active learners who can make full use of, and benefit from, the diverse resources of a modern research university.
- To allow students, by developing and harnessing the requisite skills to participate properly within the scholarly community.
- To foster an academic environment where students value and practise the fundamentals of scholarly process.
- To encourage students to make the link between the development of their study skills, and their own learning progression, thereby becoming proficient as active learners rather than passive recipients of 'how to' instructions.
- To develop student awareness of Academic Integrity issues.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

- acquire study, practical and field based skills suitable for the School of Earth and Environment;
- learn academic writing and presentational skills, including the necessity for full and accurate referencing according to the School's guidelines;
- gain basic skills in computing for data analysis and visualisation;
- be made aware of the definitions and penalties attached to cheating and plagiarism, and shown how to develop good academic practice; and
- receive guidance on tackling different assessment types. The importance of interpreting feedback, in all its guises (verbal, written, (in)formal, individual/group etc) will be emphasised so that students can take active responsibility for developing their own learning potential.



Week 1 - Introduction to the module and an explanation of the transition from A-level to university-level study: adopting a critical perspective
Week 3 - How is environmental science research done? From the field and laboratory to the journal paper – Including examples from env sci academic journals. Incorporating the different research approaches used by environmental scientists 1. Observational and experimental 2. Theoretical and modelling
Week 5 - Sediment pollution fieldwork overview in preparation for fieldwork in reading week
Week 7 - Understanding & using written feedback
Week 9 - Employability skills assessment
Week 10 - Geoengineering lecture

Computer-based learning sessions

6 x 1 hour sessions - These sessions will introduce students to computer-based tools for data analysis and plotting (in Python), and give them the opportunity to gain hands on experience and make simple changes to computer code with support from demonstrators.


7x group academic tutorials will cover topics including:

- Academic referencing / plagiarism.
- Research in the school and reading research papers.
- Problem solving, data analysis and data presentation.
- Academic writing and how to use feedback.
- Geoengineering debate.
- Verbal presentations.

This module also incorporates LeedsforLife personal tutorials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Computer Class61.006.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

60 hours of self-directed study, preparation for tutorials and workshops, background reading and revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative assessments to support transferable skills development (ie formative essay attempt, data analysis and referencing exercises, group presentations), and feedback from staff and demonstrators during field course and computer workshop sessions. A formative fieldwork assessment will help to reinforce field and data analysis skills.
All pieces of coursework must be submitted in order to pass the module.
All fieldwork must be attended in order to pass the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words. Students are required to submit a formative essay towards the beginning of the semester. The summative essay will be marked for a maximum of 40 if the formative essay is not attempted.80.00
Oral Presentation10 minutes individual presentation20.00
Online AssessmentOnline Academic Integrity Tutorial (formative)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

All pieces of coursework must be submitted in order to pass the module. All fieldwork must be attended in order to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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