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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Geography

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Geography
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons)/BSc (Hons) + DPS/DIntS
Programme title Geography
Programme code GYUB01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is normally six semesters (three years), or eight semesters (four years) for students who undertake an academic year abroad (Part I). For students entering from 2014/15, the opportunity to undertake professional training via an approved industrial/work placement (Part I) will be available.
UCAS code F800
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/geography/geography/   

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:38:11 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide students with an intellectually-stimulating environment within which they can develop the skills to enable them to comprehend, interpret and analyse the social and physical worlds;
  • to enable students to learn about the key concepts, theories and methods within the discipline of  geography;
  • to provide students with the opportunity to study a broad curriculum in human and physical geography;
  • to achieve, through the student learning process, a progressive improvement in academic performance over the degree programme;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment prospects on graduating by developing a range of transferable skills embedded in the programme.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The QAA Benchmark Statement for geography

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of environments, environmental processes and the impacts of these processes on human activities and vice versa;
  • the ways in which representations and interpretations of the world are socially-constructed, and the forms of geographical difference;
  • the determinants of temporal and spatial variation in the physical, social, economic and political worlds; and the significance of spatial and temporal scale on physical processes, human processes and on their interactions;
  • past patterns of environmental and social changes, and of the processes and conditions that have determined those changes, and the implications for the future;
  • the idea of Geography as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader disciplinary frameworks of the natural and social sciences and the humanities;
  • the potential applications of geographical concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of geographical data.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  1. Develop a reflexive approach to learning.
  2. Abstract and synthesise information.
  3. Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments.
  4. Critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including data and text.
  5. Undertake problem-solving and decision-making.
  6. Develop a reasoned argument.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  1. Combine and interpret different types of geographical evidence.
  2. Recognise and critically debate moral and ethical issues underpinning particular geographical debates or enquiries.
  3. Undertake safe and effective field and laboratory work.
  4. Employ a range of survey skills for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data relevant to geographical enquiry and use appropriate methods for the analysis of these data.
  5. Prepare effective maps and diagrams using a range of appropriate technologies.
  6. Design and execute a piece of research and produce a report.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should demonstrate competence in: 

  1. Verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Numeracy and computational skills.
  3. Field and laboratory skills.
  4. Spatial awareness and observational skills.
  5. IT and information handling and retrieval.
  6. Independent study and group work.
  7. Time management.

4. Programme structure

Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.  Individual modules taught and assessed over both semesters with a modular weight of 10 may count against either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on the balance of other modular weights between semesters.  Where the modular weight of a module taught and assessed over both semesters is 20 or 40, this shall be split equally between semesters.

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

Candidates must take all designated compulsory modules (combined modular weight of 120).

Semesters 1 and 2

 (i)        

COMPULSORY MODULE

 

(total modular weight 10)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYA106

Tutorials

10

Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                        (total modular weight 60)

GYA002

Geographies of Global Economic Change

20

GYA006

Practising Geography – Residential Fieldcourse

10

GYA007

Cartography and Digital Mapping

10

GYA008

Global Environmental Change at Local Scale

10

GYA101

Earth System Science

10

Semester 2

 (i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                        (total modular weight 50)

GYA003

Quantitative Methods in Geography

10

GYA102

Geographies of Identity

20

GYA112

Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management

20

 

4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

 (i)         COMPULSORY MODULE                          (total modular weight 20)

GYB327

Geographical Research: Design and Practice

20

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES

In addition to compulsory modules GYB201 and GYB327, candidates must choose a minimum modular weight of 60 from Group 1 modules over semesters 1 and 2.  The remaining 30 modular weights may be chosen from modules in Groups 1, 2 and 3 over semesters 1 and 2, of which a maximum of 20 can be from Group 3.  Fieldcourse modules GYB328 and GYB901 in Group 2 are mutually exclusive.

Group 1

GYB210

Globalization

20

GYB220

Geographies of Social Difference

20

GYB230

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

20

GYB240

Environmental Systems and Resource Management

20

 

Semester 1

 (i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

 Group 2

GYB113

Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation

10

GYB311

River Ecology

10

GYB322

Lake System Dynamics

10

GYB328

Physical Geography Fieldcourse

20

GYB901

Human Geography Fieldcourse – Paris

20

Group 3

Modules from other departments within the University's Module Catalogue, subject to availability and Departmental approval.

Semester 2

 (i)         COMPULSORY MODULE                          (total modular weight 10)

GYB201

Remote Sensing & GIS

10

 (ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES

 Group 2

GYB110

Sustainable Urban Geographies

10

GYB308

Forest Ecology

10

GYB320

Global Migration

10

GYB400

Exploring the Ice Ages

10

Group 3

Modules from other departments within the University's Module Catalogue, subject to availability and Departmental approval.

4.3       Part I

Four-year programme - During the year abroad, candidates may undertake either (i) an approved overseas placement as specified by, and subject to the approval of, the Department of Geography (GYI002); or (ii) an approved programme of study abroad as specified by, and subject to the approval of, the Department of Geography (GYI003).

Alternatively, candidates entering from 2014/15 on the 4-year programme undertaking professional training via an approved industrial/work placement will be registered on GYI004.

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULE                          (total modular weight 40)

GYC500

Dissertation

40

The modular weight of GYC500 must be split equally (20:20) between semesters 1 & 2.

Semester 1

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a modular weight of 80 over semesters 1 and 2, of which a maximum of 20 can be from modules offered by other departments.  Fieldcourse modules GYC308, GYC903 and GYC908 are mutually exclusive.

GYC104

Quaternary Environments

10

GYC107

Regional Geography of the UK

20

GYC208

Aeolian Processes and Landforms

20

GYC211

Snow, Ice and Environment

10

GYC212

Globalised Urbanisation

20

GYC214

Geographies of Children and Youth

10

GYC309

Feminist Geographies of Home

10

GYC315

Environmental Change and Ecological Response

10

GYC903

Alpine Studies Fieldcourse

20

plus modules from other departments within the University's Module Catalogue, subject to availability and Departmental approval.

Semester 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

GYC108

Climate and Society

20

GYC110

GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management

10

GYC200

Conservation: Principles and Practice

10

GYC205

Central America: Dependency and Development

10

GYC308

Global Cities Fieldcourse – New York

20

GYC325

Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora

20

GYC908

Mediterranean Rural Spaces Fieldcourse

20

plus modules from other departments within the University's Module Catalogue, subject to availability and Departmental approval.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

In accordance with Regulation XI, a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) will be awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed GYI002 or GYI004 in the programme of study required for Part I.  

In accordance with Regulation XI, a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) will be awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed GYI003 in the programme of study required for Part I.

Subject to the exception specified below, provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any Part of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP). 

Candidates who have accumulated fewer than 60 credits in any Part of the programme may not undergo re-assessment in the University’s SAP.  Re-assessment in the SAP will also not be available for certain modules and this is indicated in individual module specifications.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60%  to determine the final percentage mark.

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