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SOEE1443 Fieldwork and Tutorials 1

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Alexandru Rap

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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.


1. Introduction to the module and an explanation of the transition from A-level to university-level study: adopting a critical perspective
2. How is environmental science research done? From the field and laboratory to the journal paper. Incorporating the different research approaches used by environmental scientists: (i) Observational and experimental; (ii) Theoretical and modelling
3. Preparation for fieldwork
4. Understanding & using written feedback to develop your academic skills
5. Personal and professional development
6. Introduction to Geoengineering

Computer-based learning sessions
5 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.

7 x 1 hour group academic tutorials, covering the following topics:
- Academic referencing / plagiarism.
- Estimation and problem solving
- Debrief from computer programming sessions and background discussion for individual presentations
- Geoengineering debate.
- Individual verbal presentations
- Research in the school and reading research papers.

This module also incorporates LeedsforLife personal tutorials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Library Session11.001.00
Computer Class51.005.00
Private study hours46.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative essay
Online Academic Integrity Tutorial

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: 10/08/2020 08:46:32


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