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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Geographical Interpretation and Communication
Module Code GY105
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gerry O'Reilly
Semester 2: Gerry O'Reilly
Autumn: Gerry O'Reilly
Module TeachersGerry O'Reilly
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the basic skills needed to interpret geographical data and information and to develop accurate communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Access, explore and acquire geographical data
2. Input, manipulate and analyse data and produce basic statistical analysis, graphs and maps in Microsoft Excel
3. Interpret, display and accurately report on geographic data and information
4. Develop accurate essay/report writing skills and the presentation of an academic bibliography, using the Harvard Referencing System
5. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing and present different geographical viewpoints via group discussions/activities

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Formal Lectures
Independent Study45Class preparation: Readings/Pre-uploaded content for class discussions
Assignment Completion28Preparation, research and writing of essay
Assignment Completion28Microsoft Excel report: Preparation, research, analysis and writing of report
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Academic information sources and where to find them

Critical thinking
Critical thinking in geography

Plagiarism and how to cite and reference

Reference management
Reference management tools for geography

Geographic data
Geographic data: Where to find it and how to manage it?

Microsoft Excel
Using Microsoft Excel to explore geographic data

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayCritical essay on the contributions that one geographer has made to our understanding of the world40%As required
AssignmentMicrosoft Excel assignment: This assignment will involve students locating geographical data online, and subsequently manipulating, analysing and preparing a report outlining their findings40%As required
AssignmentCompletion of pre-assigned lectures/readings for tutorials: This assessment involves students completing a series of short lectures on where to locate academic books and articles, academic plagiarism, thinking critically, academic referencing and citation10%As required
Loop QuizThis assessment involves students completing a quiz through the Loop GY105 module page on the topics covered in tutorials during the first six weeks of lectures, specifically focused on content related to locating academic books and articles, plagiarism, thinking critically, academic referencing and citation10%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    46522, Loop, 0, Loop module site will include key readings, 46523, Loop Required Readings, 0, All students are expected to have read required readings in advance of zoom tutorials each week, 46524, Google Scholar, 0, Google Scholar is also particularly useful for locating academic articles,
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