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BSc Geography with Extended Studies in Europe

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Geography with Extended Studies in Europe

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

GEO-BSC-S

UCAS Code

F8RX

JACS Code

F800 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

BBB in a language*

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Geography (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Prof. Cherith Moses

University of Sussex

Prof. Chris Philo

University of Glasgow

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Students must complete an academic year of studies at a European university taking modules in Geography delivered in the chosen language.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the programme is to offer a high quality, supportive teaching and learning environment that gives students the opportunities to develop intellectual, practical and foreign language skills through an understanding of physical and human environments and through analysing and interpreting geographical data and knowledge. The programme aims to prepare students to move beyond their degree, be that to employment or further study, and to enhance their understanding of Europe. It encourages them to contribute to the wider community by applying their geographical knowledge and understanding and practical experience of different cultures and environments.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Assess contrasting ideas, explanations and policies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Communicate geographical material by written, oral and visual means

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, coursework, supervised research, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Critically interpret and evaluate data and texts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, supervised research, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assessment, dissertation

Abstract and synthesize information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assessment

Develop a reasoned argument

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Undertake independent study and engage in reflective learning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, supervised research, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assessment including dissertations

Perform assigned tasks within a group setting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and fieldwork assessments

Be better at their chosen language

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures etc, practice, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Various, dependent upon partner university

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Appreciate the theory and practice of geographical enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Understand and interpret contemporary geography

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Interpret environments and environmental change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, fieldwork, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork

Understand and utilise GIS

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, coursework, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Understand landforms, physical processes, landscape representation and interpretation within physical geography

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, fieldwork, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork, coursework assessment

Understand major issues and debates in human geography

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Understand socially constructed ways of representing and interpreting the world

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework and fieldwork assessment

Appreciate the significance of temporal change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Carry out routine investigations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and fieldwork assessment

Improve their knowledge & understanding of a foreign country and culture

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures etc including experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Various, dependent upon partner university

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Geographical methodologies and data collection (through fieldwork, instrumentation, maps, digital data and imagery, textual and archival sources and written records, social surveys, observation, GIS)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork, coursework assessment

Representation of geographical data (maps, GIS, remote sensing, statistics)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assessment, dissertation

Field techniques for data collection

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Assessed fieldwork

Laboratory skills for data collection and analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assessment, dissertation

Ethics and values; integrity and inequalities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Supervised research

Environments being affected by physical processes and human activity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork, coursework assessment

Spatial awareness including the significance of scale

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Communication skills: oral, numerate, literate, graphical and visual

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, fieldwork, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork, coursework assessment

Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, coursework, supervised research, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork, coursework assessment

Research design

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation

French or Spanish language

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practice, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Various, dependent upon partner university

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Decision making and decision taking

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supervised research, fieldwork, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation, assessed fieldwork

Team work and group interaction

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork, workshops, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Assessed presentations

Independent thought and self-reflection

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Essays, fieldwork, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation, field notebooks

Time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Groupwork, fieldwork, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Exams, assessed fieldwork

Planning, designing, executing independent research & study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation

Field techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Assessed fieldwork

Recognising moral and ethical issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Exams, dissertation

Presenting and communicating data (graphicacy, numeracy, oral, written work)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Essays, coursework, tutorials, fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Exams, fieldwork, dissertation

Collecting geographical information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and fieldwork assessment

Quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, coursework

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework assessment

Foreign language skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures etc, practice, experiential learning

Methods of Assessment

Various, dependent upon partner university

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Geography of War and Public Memory

GGY3026

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Sustaining the Biosphere

GGY2030

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Sea-level change: past, present and future

GGY3035

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

15%

65%

Dynamic Earth

GGY1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Eras SGAP Full Year

GAP2999

3

120

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Volcanoes: environmental and societal impacts

GAP3080

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Spanish 1

SPA1101

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

45%

20%

35%

Spanish 2

SPA2101

2

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

45%

20%

35%

French 1

FRH1101

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

45%

20%

35%

French 2

FRH2101

2

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

45%

20%

35%

Processes and Principles of Physical Geography

GGY1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Human Geographies of the Modern World

GGY1011

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Spaces of Development

GGY1012

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS)

GGY2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Design and Professional Development

GGY2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry

GGY2056

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Geographies of Economic Restructuring and Social Change

GGY2044

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Fieldwork

GGY2057

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Climate and Earth Surface Processes

GGY2052

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Maps and Mapping - From the Stone Age to the Digital Age

GGY2053

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Geography Dissertation

GGY3081

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing as Decision Support

GGY3086

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Geography At Work

GGY3065

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Arid Environments

GGY3062

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Geography, Science and Society

GGY3066

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies and Sustainable Development

GGY3063

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Geographical Independent Research Essay

GGY3083

4

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

* Candidate selects either French or Spanish as chosen language within this programme and will take year’s placement studying Geography at a partner institution between Level 2 and Level 3 in either France or Spain respectively. ** GGY3083: This module is not a standard option but is provided in the Geography with Extended Studies in Europe (BSc) programme to provide an alternative to the double-weighted Dissertation (GGY3081) as advised by supervisor.

SPA1101 pre-req: A-Level Spanish FRH1101 pre-req: A-Level French

SPA2101 pre-req: SPA1101 FRH2101 pre-req: FRH1101