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									Information for Level 2 and 3 Joint Honours students studying Geography as part of their degree 2008-2009 1 Reminder about student support available in the School of Geography

As you are aware, a partnership system between the Centre for Joint Honours and the teaching schools is in place, with effective communication between all parties to ensure that both JH and the teaching schools are informed of circumstances relating to Joint Honours students. Within this framework, the confidentiality of individuals is respected and protected, with information shared only on a ‘need to know’ basis. Support structures within the School of Geography such as the Postgraduate Study Assistants Scheme for Level 1 and Level 2 students are open to Joint Honours students as well as single Honours (see http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/studentinfo/pgstudyscheme.html). Joint Honours students are invited to engage fully with the School, providing representatives to the StaffStudent Committee, being included in email distribution lists and other communications, and briefed as a cohort with appropriate information relating to their programme. You are welcome to consult the Student Support Manager Diane Collett on pastoral issues, as a supplementary support structure to your Joint Honours tutor.

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Reminder of key staff in the School of Geography and their roles

You should have received a Geography Undergraduate Student Handbook at level 1, which details key staff and their roles, but here is a summary of key roles pertinent to Joint Honours students:
Role JH Arts Tutor Name Alan Grainger Contact details G31 33335 Key role with relation to JH students Departmental contact for Joint Honours Arts and Social Science programmes. Also personal tutor for some JH students. Will provide references. Departmental contact for Joint Honours Science programmes. Also personal tutor for some JH students Will provide references. Receipts all coursework and assignments handed in via Reception. Handles module enrolment and module changes (will sign your forms) Deputises for Jan for the above Handles module enrolments and module changes; student records; medical notes;

JH Science Tutor Jim Hogg

B.04 East 33334

Receptionist

Jan Wakefield

G25a 33300

General Support Clerk Undergraduate Student Coordinator

Katherine Dunlavy Jane Hanna

G25a 36755 G25a 33346

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Student Support Manager

Diane Collett

G23b 33303

Head of School

Adrian Bailey

Director of Learning and Teaching

Andy Evans

timetable; Learning and Teaching issues including exams Responsible for induction and end of year meetings; student pastoral support; issuing extensions; change of programme; complaints; programme issues; member of Staff Student Committee Leadership of the School; member of Staff Student Committee Responsible for learning and teaching issues in the School; member of Staff Student Committee

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Reminder about learning and teaching issues affecting Joint Honours students
You may occasionally find that your timetable has module clashes which are unavoidable. Because the University is such a large and complex institution, it is not always possible to avoid timetable clashes, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you can attend the modules for which you are enrolled. If only a small percentage of a module clashes with another session, it may be possible to share your attendance between modules rather than changing out of a module which you are really interested in. You should seek advice from your tutor at an early stage. A sense of belonging. As a Joint Honours student you should take advantage of opportunities available to integrate into each teaching School as well as within the Centre for Joint Honours. The School of Geography has a very active student society, GeogSoc, a tutorial system which is open to Joint Honours students, and places on the StaffStudent Committee for Joint Honours representatives at every level. You are strongly encouraged to engage with these opportunities. In addition, information sessions for Joint Honours students in Geography are provided at least twice annually. Information. If you think you are missing out on communications and information from the School of Geography, contact Diane Collett as soon as possible. However, the onus is on you to attend all sessions where information is issued – both targeted sessions for Joint Honours students, and information sessions for all students in Geography, as appropriate. Assessment deadlines. Because you are taking modules from two, sometimes three, different Schools, you may well find that several assignments are due at the same time. It is your responsibility to be aware of imminent deadlines and to manage your time well so that you meet deadlines set by different Schools. In cases of particular difficulty, refer to your personal tutor in the first instance. Examination clashes. These are rare, but if you find you have a clash, you should report this as soon as possible to your JH tutor.

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Programme of study and module choices in Geography
Students moving from Level 1 to Level 2 in 2008/2009

This information should be consulted alongside the ‘Module choices and enrolment for 2008/2009’ document which will be available to all Geographers before the May module enrolment period; as well as alongside the programme regulations for your particular programme of study. There are no compulsory Geography modules for Joint Honours students at Level 2. You should normally choose between 40 and 80 credits of Geography. 4.1.1 BA Joint Honours

Students should choose between 20 and 40 credits of the following options: GEOG2670 Approaching Human Geography (20 credits, Semester 3) GEOG2680 Research Methods in Human Geography (20 credits, Semester 3) GEOG2960 Career Preparation for Geographers (10 credits, Semester 2) GEOG2730 Human Geography European Field Class (20 credits, Semester 2) Detail about these modules is given below. Modules which prepare you for a Level 3 dissertation For Single Honours Geography students, we include some compulsory modules which are designed to enhance skills in undertaking geographical research. At the same time we also aim to develop an understanding of the nature of geography as a discipline, the key ideas that have influenced its intellectual evolution and the links between geography and wider academic debate in the sciences and social sciences. This broader development of understanding geographical ideas and methods also plays a vital part in preparing students to undertake their own Level 3 research project – a dissertation – which students begin planning at Level 2. For Joint Honours students, it is very important to note that if you plan to do a dissertation at Level 3, you are strongly advised to take the following preparatory modules at Level 2: GEOG2670 Approaching human geography – 20 credits, both semesters GEOG2680 Research methods – 20 credits, both semesters Approaching human geography is a tutorial-based module which operates in a similar way to GEOG1240 at Level 1. In addition to lectures, you will be part of a group of six with an appointed tutor who is responsible for your academic progress for the year, as well as for your general welfare. As part of the assessment for this module you will prepare a literature review; and you will write the proposal for your Level 3 dissertation. Research methods is a lecture-based course which focuses on census data and analysis and qualitative research techniques. Before you dismiss the idea of doing a dissertation (because this will limit the number of taught modules you can do, for example), you should look at and think seriously about the advice given

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in this document to students moving to Level 3 (section 4.2), which outlines the advantages of taking a dissertation. If your subject combination is such that you are unable to take these foundational Level 2 modules, but you still plan to do a Level 3 dissertation, you should discuss your choices with your tutor. It may be possible to ‘audit’ (sit in on) some Level 2 lectures during your Level 3 year. Careers module This 10-credit module will aims to better prepare you for future employability: GEOG2960 Career Preparation for Geographers has a strong vocational focus, particularly on career planning and the vocational relevance of geographical skills, and is examined by coursework only. Field trips BA Joint Honours students may choose to join a Level 2 European field trip (GEOG2730 – Human Geography European Field Class – 20 credits, semester 2). These comprise a weeklong trip during the Easter vacation or early summer with preparatory lectures during semester 2. A choice of three destinations is available: Montpellier in France; Helsinki in Finland; Trieste in Italy. BA students should also choose between 20 and 60 credits from the teaching strand options A number of teaching strand options (all 10-credit) with a focus on human or physical geography have been developed by the School to reflect the research interests of the staff and to offer a balanced and wide-ranging syllabus. These thematic strands link modules at Levels 2 and 3, and students are encouraged to select options at Level 3 which build on those chosen at Level 2. Detailed information about teaching strand options is given in the document ‘Module choices and enrolment for 20082009’. 4.1.2 BSc Joint Honours

Students should choose between 20 and 40 credits from the following options: GEOG2800 Tutorial and dissertation design (10 credits, Semester 3) GEOG2500 Geographical science: method and the environment (20 credits, Semester 3) GEOG2960 Career Preparation for Geographers (10 credits, Semester 2) GEOG2001 Physical Geography Field Class (Alps) (10 credits, Semester 2) OR GEOG2003 Physical Geography Field Class (Mediterranean) (10 credits, Semester 2) Detail about these modules is given below. Modules which prepare you for a Level 3 dissertation For Single Honours Geography students, we include some compulsory modules which are designed to enhance skills in undertaking geographical research. At the same time we also aim to develop an understanding of the nature of geography as a discipline, the key ideas that have influenced its intellectual evolution and the links between geography and wider academic debate in the sciences and social sciences. This broader development of understanding geographical ideas and methods also plays a vital part in preparing students to undertake their own Level 3 research project – a dissertation – which students begin planning at Level 2.

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For Joint Honours students, it is very important to note that if you plan to do a dissertation at Level 3, you are strongly advised to take one or more of the following preparatory modules at Level 2: GEOG2800 – Tutorial and dissertation design – 10 credits, both semesters GEOG2500 – Geographical science: method and the environment – 20 credits, both semesters and one of: GEOG2750 – GIS for the Geosciences – 10 credits / OR GEOG2780 – Practical skills in environmental science – 10 credits Tutorial and dissertation design maintains the support provided through small-group tutorials, where attention will also be devoted to helping you get started on your dissertation research. Geographical science: method and the environment combines an introduction to the development of geography as a scientific discipline with advanced training in statistical data analysis. This module is designed to provide you with some of the contextual understanding that you will need in planning your dissertation. GIS for the Geosciences and Practical Skills in Environmental Science are designed to develop key practical skills which are important as part of your preparation for dissertation research. Before you dismiss the idea of doing a dissertation (because this will limit the number of taught modules you can do, for example), you should look at and think seriously about the advice given in this document to students moving to Level 3 (section 4.2), which outlines the advantages of taking a dissertation. If your subject combination is such that you are unable to take these foundational Level 2 modules, but you still plan to do a Level 3 dissertation, you should discuss your choices with your tutor. It may be possible to ‘audit’ (sit in on) some Level 2 lectures during your Level 3 year. Careers module This 10-credit module aims to better prepare you for future employability: GEOG2960 Career Preparation for Geographers has a strong vocational focus, particularly on career planning and the vocational relevance of geographical skills, and is examined by coursework only. Field trips BSc Joint Honours students may choose to join the Level 2 European field trip to the Austrian Alps, in the early summer; or to a Mediterranean destination (Greece) during the Easter vacation.

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BSc students should choose between 20 and 60 credits from the teaching strand options A number of teaching strand options (all 10-credit) with a focus on human or physical geography have been developed by the School to reflect the research interests of the staff and to offer a balanced and wide-ranging syllabus. These thematic strands link modules at Levels 2 and 3, and students are encouraged to select options at Level 3 which build on those chosen at Level 2. Information about teaching strand options is given in the document ‘Module choices and enrolment for 2008/2009’. 4.2 Students moving from Level 2 to Level 3 in 2008/2009

This information should be consulted alongside the ‘Module choices and enrolment for 2008/2009 document which will be available to all Geographers before the May module enrolment period; as well as alongside the programme regulations for your particular programme of study. There are no compulsory Geography modules for Joint Honours students at Level 3. BA and BSc students may choose one module from the following options: GEOG3600 Dissertation (40 credits, Semester 3) GEOG3520 Workplace Co-operative Project (20 credits, Semester 2) GEOG3820 Research Placement (20 credits, Semester 3) Dissertation module (GEOG3600 – both semesters) As a department, we advise you to gain some experience of conducting independent research at this stage of your degree. The advantages to consider for taking a dissertation are as follows:      An opportunity to explore an area of particular interest to you in considerable depth. Gain research skills which may be useful in a different context in your future career. Receive academic supervision from a mentor, plus peer support from fellow students. Gain skills in project management and time management – both these are transferable skills which you can include on your CV. Employers sometimes look at transcripts to see if an applicant has successfully completed a dissertation.

You should bear in mind that the dissertation is worth 40 credits and will therefore significantly reduce the number of taught modules in Geography that you can take at Level 3. The dissertation is undertaken with supervision support from an academic tutor (mentor), and with peer support from a group of fellow students who are researching issues within the same research area (dissertation support group). It is intended that the research proposal constructed as part of the Level 2 tutorial module will form the basis for the Level 3 dissertation, although some students do decide after the summer vacation to vary the focus of their research. The dissertation should account for one third of your effort during the year and provides an exciting and challenging opportunity to show how well you can design and execute a sustained piece of research. Milestones include the submission of an interim report and a dissertation poster. Workplace Cooperative Module (GEOG3520 – semester 2) For this module, students undertake some work with an external organisation, following objectives set in advance with the approval of an academic supervisor. The work can be done in one block,

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or spread out over a number of weeks. Several places for ‘Geographers into Teaching’ are provided for those aiming to teach as a future career. Early application is advised, and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks must be passed before acceptance for one of these places. Note that placements must be secured by late November/early December (exact date to be published). Students without a placement by the start of Semester 2 MUST change to a different module. Research placement (GEOG3820 – both semesters) A small number of places are available to work with one of the School’s research clusters, attending seminars, and researching a project with a designated member of staff. Only a small number of places are available and competition is strong. An academic pre-requisite of a high 2i average in Geography at Level 2 is required. BA students should note that this module is exclusive with the Research Frontier modules, GEOG3980 and GEOG3960. BA and BSc students should choose between 20 and 80 credits from the teaching strand options The same thematic strands offered at Level 2 are also offered at Level 3, and students may choose options at Level 3 which build on those chosen at Level 2. These are 20-credit modules at Level 3, enabling students to study the specialism in much greater depth. Information about teaching strand options is given in the document ‘Module choices and enrolment for 2008/2009. Field trips Joint Honours students may choose to join a Level 3 field trip to either Athens (GEOG3042 - BA students); or New Zealand (GEOG3062 - BSc students). The BA trip takes place during the Easter vacation; the BSc trip during the Christmas break. Numbers are capped on these trips, so early enrolment is advised. Information about the New Zealand field trip is online at: http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/studentinfo/index.html

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