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BA Geography

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BA Geography / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Tutorials and Profile of a Research Geographer

Unit code GEOG12012
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Geography
Available as a free choice unit? No


Semester 2 tutorials follow the same format as Semester 1: two hour small group sessions that are held weekly.  In addition to enhancing the skills that you have learnt in Semester 1 - such as referencing, note taking, sourcing information - Semester 2 tutorials particularly aim to support your learning of the Geography modules and help you grow in confidence to share your ideas in a group setting.  You will meet with your Academic Advisor (your tutor from Semester 1) on a one-to-one basis to review your examination papers from Semester 1, and to support your personal development. 


The Profile of a Research Geographer requires you to critically engage with a research geographer.  In groups you will read selected pieces of work supplied by the research geographer.  You will arrange to meet with them to conduct an interview of approximately an hour in length to further understand their research background, including research trajectory, methods, and critical approach. Your analysis will be written and submitted as part of a team. Support will be provided through your tutorial programme, however careful time project and time management skills will need to be employed in this student-led piece of work.


  • Further developing essay writing skills and persuasive academic arguments;

  • Enhancing oral communication in tutorial discussions, debates and presentations;

  • Exploring ideas, theories and concepts from compulsory course units;

  • Further developing skills at working independently and within groups;

  • Increasing understanding of research processes through an interview with a

    research geographer

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit, you should have:

  • Completed two individually written essays, and reflected on feedback in order to improve your arguments;
  • Contributed to the designing, delivery and analysis of a group interview with a research geographer;
  • Developed greater confidence in your oral contributions to tutorial discussions, debates and presentations;
  • Fostered a greater knowledge and understanding of your course units through both oral and written work;
  • Honed your ability to use a range of key university skills such as sourcing academic materials, referencing, reading and note taking, essay writing, revision and examination techniques;
  • Become more confident and experienced in undertaking team work to fulfill a task or project;
  • Demonstrated an in-depth understanding of research processes for a research geographer



Course Structure:

Tutorials are two hours long and run weekly throughout the semester with the exception of the two study weeks. You will also meet with your Academic Advisor on a one-to-one basis twice in the semester to raise any issues, discuss your progress and ensure that you are continuing to settle in at Manchester. 


The tutorials themselves will be composed of a variety of individual and team work exercises designed to help you learn the key Geographical skills, prepare for the examinations, and to compliment your other Geography modules.  Tutorials also provide a large element of your first year assessment so you are expected to come to tutorials prepared and willing to engage in discussions.              

Teaching and learning methods

Tutorials are delivered as small group sessions where discussion is the key to sharing ideas and developing Geographical knowledge.  Thus a key teaching method is your engagement and preparation; you will learn a lot more if you really participate in the sessions.  There will be lots of opportunities to receive personalized feedback and reflect upon your performance, both in tutorials and in the one-to-one Academic Advisory sessions. The work might involve working in smaller teams within the tutorial, and certainly in the case of the critical book review.  In between your tutorials, your tutor may set you small pieces of work such as presentations or preparing for your essay.  Tutorials are largely student led, so will be tailored to assist your academic performance wherever possible – if you would like to spend a little more time on revision techniques, for example, just ask your tutor.


All of the materials used in tutorials will be available on Blackboard for your reference, as will the Critical Book Review material.  You will also submit all of your work via Blackboard.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

During this course unit, you will be encouraged to develop the following abilities and skills:

  • Critical thinking, evaluation and reflection;
  • Information sourcing, collection, and analysis of different kinds of data;
  • Essay writing skills;
  • Solving problems in a practical context;
  • Presentation skills;
  • Motivation and self-directed learning;
  • Team working.

Assessment methods

The course will be assessed by two individual essays and one group exercise that compliment your Geography modules (each approximately 1,500 words in length).  In addition you will also undertake various presentations, exercises and small group tasks that will form part of your formative assessment; i.e. these exercises will provide feedback to help you develop your work that contributes towards your overall tutorial mark.  You might be asked, for example, to present your ideas about a set essay, or discuss your project plan for Researching Manchester.

The combined mark of the individual essays will constitute 67% of the assessment.  The Profile of a Researcher interview and analysis comprises the remaining 33%.


Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided in the following ways during this course unit:

  • Extensive verbal feedback through Q&A, discussion and interactive activities within tutorials;
  • Detailed written feedback on all of your submitted work;
  • Formative feedback both written and verbal during the tutorials;
  • Verbal feedback on any tutorial issues – academic or pastoral – through emailed consultation or office hours;
  • One-to-one meetings with your Academic Advisor;
  • A running Q&A thread on Blackboard;
  • Detailed written feedback on the Profile of a Research Geographer exercise.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 20
Tutorials 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 60

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Saskia Warren Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Small Group Allocation: TBC

Details of group allocation will be published via Blackboard.

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