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SOEE1444 Fieldwork and Tutorials 1

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Alex Dunhill

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

Year running 2023/24

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

Module summary

Please refer to module objectives.


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
1. Acquire study, practical and field-based skills suitable for the School of Earth and Environment

2. Learn academic writing and presentational skills, including the necessity for full and accurate referencing according to the School's guidelines

3. Gain skills in designing sampling protocols, collecting field data, analysing field data and producing scientific reports

4. Gain skills in computing for data analysis and visualisation

5. Be made aware of the definitions and penalties attached to cheating and plagiarism, and shown how to develop good academic practice

6. 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

Skills outcomes
Diverse range of environmental field skills.


1x day fieldtrip in local area – collecting and collating scientific data

1x 4 day residential field trip – collecting, collating, analysing and presenting scientific data.

6x 1 hour lectures: focusing on introducing the module and the transition to university-level study; introducing environmental case study 1; preparation for fieldwork; writing a scientific report; personal and professional development; introducing environmental case study 2.

7x 1 hour tutorials: focusing on academic referencing and academic integrity; introduction to data collection and sampling; collating, summarising and plotting scientific data in Excel; debating contentious issues – environmental case study; individual verbal presentations; research in the school – how to read research paper.

5x 1 hour Computer programming sessions to introduce students to more advanced 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 staff.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours146.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

146 hours of self-directed study, background reading, preparation for tutorials, fieldwork and computer practicals as well as coursework preparation and execution.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Fieldtrips, academic tutorials, online academic integrity tutorials & verbal presentations.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentAcademic Integrity Test0.00
Essay1500 word essay on an environmental issue linked to the report topic to be set and submitted early in S150.00
Project1500 scientific report based on field data and tutorial data analysis to be set and submitted later in S1.50.00
Oral Presentation10 minute formative individual presentation on data synthesised in computer practicals0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/12/2023 08:59:29


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