|Title||How to Cope with Large Numbers at Level 3|
|Department||Department of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK|
|Tel.||+44 (0)113 233 5219|
|Fax||+44 (0)113 233 5259|
A third year core course on Global Cycles and Earth History is provided to explicitly provide transferable skills and teamwork, non-geologists may also take this course as an option. The course preserves the need for high level scientific activity whilst introducing various skills.
Groupwork: the students are split into groups and each group is given a separate topic to study, they are provided with about 30 references on the topic and are also asked three questions which must be answered in their final presentation.
Assessment: each group must produce a poster outlining the details of
their topic and answering the 3 questions posed by the tutor. The posters are
assessed by the tutor, the time it takes to assess 10 posters is equivalent
to the time taken to mark one individual's practical work. The posters are then
displayed and each group is required to look at all the posters and write summary
sheets on the other topics. A handout at the final lecture also provides summaries
of each topic. The final exam is
designed to reflect the fact that each group only did one topic in detail.
Large student numbers