CP0138 - Study Skills

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0138
External Subject CodeX220
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Scott Orford
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

The transition to undergraduate study can be extremely challenging as students are expected to acquire a considerable new skill set, whilst also studying demanding material. The Study Skills module aims to support students through this transition by introducing them to new skills (such as identifying and referencing literature and different writing styles) and major pitfalls (such as plagiarism) in a supportive environment. Study Skills is not delivered in abstract from the rest of the degree; assignments and discussions will relate directly to the modules studied during the first year. Moreover, Study Skills will provide a setting within which the common threads, between relatively discrete modules, can be brought together.


The module will be delivered through small group tutorial sessions, providing an opportunity for guided peer-to-peer discussions and will be assessed via a deliberately broad range of student assignments, giving students an opportunity to develop a range of writing styles.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

Students should be able to illustrate key academic writing techniques by demonstrating an awareness of different sources of reference material, including books, academic journals, policy reports and newspapers through tutorial and written work


Students should be able to avoid major pitfalls in academic writing such as plagiarism by using the Harvard referencing style in their written work


Students should be able to explain similarities and differences between different writing styles, including; essays, reports, and book reviews through tutorial discussions


Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of key academic writing techniques by critically evaluating the key impacts of a particular geographical idea or approach through an essay and book review


Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of key presentation techniquesby tutor review

How the module will be delivered

Skills that will be practised and developed

How the module will be assessed

Type of assessment





(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Engagement and Participation


Tutorials are compulsory. Student’s participation in each session will be assessed based on their preparation, engagement and participation in group debates


Throughout Autumn / Spring



An essay (c 1,600 words) of key texts discussed in your tutorial group and modules in human geography


End November 2013

Book review


A book review (c 1,200 words) of a key text discussed in your tutorial group on environmental or development geography


Mid April 2014

Group work - presentation skills


A group presentation on environmental or development geography (15 minutes)


Early May 2014

The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Practical-Based Assessment 10
Engagement And Participation Of Tutorial Group - Attendance At Tutorials Is Compulsory
N/A 1 N/A
Presentation 20
A Group Presentation On A Topic Agreed With The Module Leader
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 40
An Essay (c 1,600 Words) Of Key Texts Discussed In Your Tutorial Group And Modules In Human Geography
N/A 1 N/A
Report 30
Book Review - An Individual Review Of A Human Geography Book From A List Of Titles
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The purpose of Study Skills tutorials; Introduction to the tutorial handbook (tutorial dates, subjects, assessment); Using library search engines to identify literature and information resources; Presentation skills - Conveying complex ideas through words and pictures; Exam Skills - revising and doing university exams; Plagiarism and Turnitin reports

Essential Reading and Resource List

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