Programme Specification for the 2019/0 academic year

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Geography with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Geography with Study Abroad Programme codeUFS4GOAGOACC
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2019/0
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

At our Penryn Campus in Cornwall we offer a welcoming atmosphere, where you are encouraged to make the most of Cornwall’s unique environment, both in your studies and in your free time. Our Geography programmes treat Cornwall as a ‘natural laboratory’, taking learning into the field to explore the incredible diversity of cultural and natural landscapes in the region.

If you choose to study Geography in Cornwall you’ll be taught by expert, research-active staff who together cover a wide range of human and physical geography specialisms, including sustainability, environmental history, climate change, remote sensing, cultural geography and landscape change. Teaching and research activities emphasise the value of interdisciplinary thinking, and students develop their knowledge in a supportive learning environment with small class sizes and an informal, friendly ambiance.

Our programmes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to compete in today’s graduate job market. You’ll have access to the latest technologies and will have the opportunity to carry out a work placement. Field work forms an important component of all our degree programmes, and you will go on regular one-day field trips within Cornwall as well as residential field trips in the UK and overseas.

When participating in field courses, you will be required to cover any visa costs and, if necessary, purchase anti-malarial medication and relevant immunisations. You will also need to provide your own specialist personal equipment appropriate to the field course destination, eg. walking boots, rucksack, mosquito net, sleeping bag, binoculars. You may incur additional costs dependent upon the specific demands of the research project chosen. Details of specialist equipment, vaccinations and visas that you must supply at your own expense are provided at http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6569.

Studying abroad offers you a fantastic opportunity to expand your educational and cultural experiences. Moreover, research indicates that 64% of employers consider an international experience important for recruitment and report that graduates with an international background are given greater responsibility more frequently. 92% of employers involved in a study conducted in 2014* indicated that they look for skills such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, and tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours. The study revealed that studying abroad had a positive impact on the development of these skills and concluded that the employability and competences of students greatly benefit from mobility.

*European Commission (2014) The Erasmus Impact Study, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BA/BSc (Hons) Geography with Study Abroad programme explores the social and physical processes shaping the Earth’s surface over different temporal and spatial scales and is intended to show Geography as a dynamic discipline concerned with processes and patterns in human and natural environments. It aims to provide you with a broad understanding of geographical aspects of both human society and the physical environment and their complex interrelationships. Through field work in physical and human geography and other forms of experiential learning, the programme aims to promote your curiosity about natural, social and cultural environments and to enable you to develop a range of skills that will help you to understand those environments. As you progress through the programme you will have the opportunity develop your own interests in the discipline and gain a more detailed and nuanced appreciation of a variety of specific aspects of physical or human geography in which staff in the department have specialised.

We use a combination of traditional teaching methods such as exams and essays, coupled with innovative teaching and learning methods such as video-conferencing, web-casting, virtual fieldtrips, blogging and online discussion forums. Together, these create a stimulating and effective learning environment. Similarly, our assessment ranges from more conventional examinations and essays to writing research proposals and participating in citizen’s juries. We have standard assessment criteria for coursework essays, exams, oral presentations, posters, dissertations, field notebooks and learning diaries.

The Study Abroad module will provide you with the opportunity to study some aspects of Geography in a university abroad and to give you an insight into the culture of the host country.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/currentstudents/

http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/programme/modules/

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/studentinfo/subjects/mathematicspenryn/modules/

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/students/undergraduatemodules/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take up to 30 credits of elective modules outside of the programme in the first, second and final stages as long as you have obtained the explicit permission of the Programme Director, any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

If you have mobility or health disabilities that prevent you from undertaking intensive fieldwork, reasonable adjustments and/or alternative assessment can be considered. This could include replacing a fieldwork module with an alternative in agreement with the Director of Education.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module LES3910 Professional Development Experience in any year. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO1401B Approaches to Geographical Knowledge 15No
GEO1405B Earth System Science 15No
GEO1406B Analysis of Environmental Data 15No
GEO1413 The Geography of Cornwall 15No
GEO1414 Geography Tutorials 15No
GEO1506B West Penwith Fieldclass 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GeoP S1 BA-BSc Geog opt 2019-0
GEO1408B Global Issues in Environmental Science 15 No
GEO1410 Introduction to Human Sciences 15 No
LAW1016C A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

b You may not take GEO2449 and LES2002 or GEO2453 and LES2002 in the same academic year. Additionally, if you have taken GEO2449 you may not take GEO2453 in any stage, and vice versa.

c The field course module, GEO2447, is compulsory. If you are unable to take the field course, you will be required to take another optional module.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO2447 Isles of Scilly Field Course [See note c above]15No
GEO2448 Research Methods in Geography, Environment and Society 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GeoP S2 BA-BSc Geog opt 2019-0
CSC2010M Oceans and Human Health 15 No
CSC2021 Health, Place and Wellbeing 15 No
ECM2911 Mathematics of the Environment 15 No
GEO2428B Atmosphere and Ocean Systems 15 No
GEO2435 Evolution of Human Societies 15 No
GEO2440 Geographical Information Science and Systems 15 No
GEO2441 Remote Sensing for Environmental Management 15 No
GEO2444 Landscape Evolution 15 No
GEO2445 Rural Social Issues 15 No
GEO2450 Biogeography 15 No
GEO2451 Ice Sheets: Glaciology, Climate and the Oceans 15 No
GEO2454 Waste and Society 15 No
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress 15 No
GEO2442 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy 15 No
GeoP Employability opt [See note b above]
GEO2449 Green Consultants 15 No
GEO2453 Social Innovation Consultants 15 No
LES2002 Workplace Learning 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the College Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/exchange/where/ and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO3508 One Year Study Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4


45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules

b You may not take GEO2449 and LES2002 or GEO2453 and LES2002 in the same academic year. Additionally, if you have taken GEO2449 you may not take GEO2453 in any stage, and vice versa.

d You must choose one of the two Dissertation modules. To exit with the award BSc (Hons) you must select GEO3439 and to exit with the award of BA (Hons) you must select GEO3438. Changes to your dissertation topic and to your choice of award (ie BA or BSc) will not be possible beyond 1 December in the final stage.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO3438 BA Dissertation in Geography [See note d above]40Yes
GEO3439 BSc Dissertation in Geography [See note d above]40Yes
LES3001 Preparing to Graduate 5No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GeoP SF BA-BSc Geog opt 2019-0
CSC4013M Frontiers of Global Health 15 No
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15 No
GEO3443 USA Field Course 30 No
GEO3448 Quaternary Environmental Change 15 No
GEO3444 The Complexity of Human Societies 15 No
GEO3455 Marine Climate and Environmental Change 15 No
GEO3454 Antarctica: Science from a Frozen Continent 15 No
GEO3457 Geographies of Democracy 15 No
GEO3458 Marine and Coastal Sustainability 15 No
GEO3459 Whole Energy Systems 15 No
GEO3461 Arctic Frontiers: Can We Preserve the Arctic Environment? 15 No
LAW3016C Legal Response to Environmental Destruction 15 No
GeoP Employability opt [See note b above]
GEO2449 Green Consultants 15 No
GEO2453 Social Innovation Consultants 15 No
LES2002 Workplace Learning 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Illustrate the nature of change within human and physical environments
2. Compare the reciprocal relationships between physical and human environments
3. Explain the significance of spatial relationships as influences upon human and physical environments
4. Summarise the diversity and interdependence of places at various spatial scales

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, independent reading and synthesis.

 

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

Explicitly through coursework in core modules of first year, core key skills modules in second year, and throughout module based assessments in second and final years (depending on options taken).

First year is explicitly interdisciplinary and modules are assessed against the student’s understanding about interconnections, through essays and exams. Key Skills module in second year explores inter-relationships between human and physical environments through assessed presentations and practicals.

Through examinations and coursework in first year core modules, and throughout optional modules in second and final years.

Implicitly through coursework and written examinations associated with core and optional topic-based modules in all years.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Evaluate the diversity of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding deriving from experience of the epistemologies of the natural sciences
6. Understand geographical concepts in different situations
7. Apply ideas to new situations with a systematic approach to accuracy, precision and uncertainty

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, independent reading and synthesis.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

Coursework in GEO1401B and in the dissertation.

Field class training in GEO3443 and through coursework and exams in all modules in all stages.

Explicitly assessed in the project for GEO1406B and applied and assessed in the dissertation.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Evaluate the issues involved in applying research design and execution skills within the specific context of primary research.
9. Evaluate the diversity of specialised approaches to, and techniques of, collecting, analysing and presenting information on the physical environment
10. Synthesise information and recognise relevance, develop a sustained and reasoned argument, and evaluate and articulate weaknesses in the arguments of others.
11. Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means in a manner appropriate to the intended audience.
12. Illustrate and discuss the contested and provisional nature of knowledge and understanding and articulate and communicate teaching/learning methods and strategies
13. Identify, formulate and evaluate questions or problems, and identify and evaluate approaches to problem-solving
14. Use C&IT tools effectively and appropriately to select, analyse, present and communicate geographical information, effectively and appropriately interpret and use numerical statistical information, and apply basic and more advanced numerical skills effectively and appropriately to geographical information

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, data handling, independent reading and synthesis.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

8. Essays and discussions in tutorials in first and second years and dissertation in final year.

9. Data analysis tools are assessed in class tests for first year data handling module and second year Key Skills.

10. Through coursework, essays, projects and exams in all modules in all years.

11. Through coursework, essays, projects and exams in all modules in all years, plus study abroad trains the student to think differently about presenting ideas to a different audience in the host country.

12. Through critical writing tasks assessed in a range of modules through second and final years and in the dissertation.

13. Explicitly through coursework in first year core modules, second year Key Skills and final year dissertation.

14. Through coursework, essays, projects and exams in all geography modules in all years.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the three year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Year Abroad are selected.

The Year Abroad counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA or BSc Geography with Study Abroad. If you fail the Year Abroad module your degree title will be commuted to BA or BSc Geography. You will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad with their grades converted back to Exeter grades to contribute towards your degree classification. The rules governing failure and referral will be determined by the host institution.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be located in the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society (Penryn Campus), where close working relationships are fostered. You will receive formative feedback from various discussion groups/in-lecture exercises throughout the delivery of each module and therefore receive essentially continuous feedback during the taught component of the programme. Project supervisors provide academic and tutorial support once you move on to the research component of the programme. In addition, the Programme Director will offerevery student a meeting each term with an academic who provides guidance and feedback on assessment performance. Your progress will be monitored and you can receive up-to-date records of the assessment, achievements and progress at any stage.

Geography complies with the University’s Code of Practice on Study and Work Experience Abroad. The name of the member of staff acting as the programme’s Co-ordinator for study abroad is made known to you before you leave Exeter, and this person is responsible for liaison and oversight of your progress during the year abroad. Contact will be maintained with you during your year abroad by regular email communication.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students’ learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Geography with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

F8R8

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Geography

23. Dates

Origin Date

10/10/2012

Date of last revision

07/03/2019