Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Geography Synoptic Study-Unit 1

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit consists of two elements to assist students to integrate the course content pertaining to human geography study-units in preparation of the synoptic examinations and to sit for the examination.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- to establish the main parameters that students are to emphasize in answering the questions set in examinations.
- develop synoptic arguments.
- to assist students to merge the course content into a coherent whole.
- to develop arguments in favour or against statements and theories established in the literature and presented in examination questions.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- apply the individual themes learned into a coherent whole.
- compare and contrast issues, events and spatialities.
- integrate content into synoptic essay formats.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- synthesize the course content.
- evaluate theories and situations in human geography.
- assess ideas and epistemologies in human geography

Reading List:

Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. 2008. Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University, 2nd edition, Sage Publications, London.
Cottrell, S. 2006. The Exam Skills Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
Cottrell, S. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook, 3rd revised edition, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
Northedge, A. 2005. The Good Study Guide, 2nd revised edition, Open University Worldwide, Milton Keynes.
Tracy, E. 2006. The Student's Guide to Exam Success, 2nd edition, Open University Press, Milton Keynes.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Synoptic Study-Unit

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%


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