Modules In The 2018/2019 Academic Year
Other Modules In Recent Academic Years
- GEOG5221M MSc GIS Dissertation (ODL) Supervision
Andy Turner's Teaching History
- In 1998, about a year after completing a masters degree Andy delivered Lecture 8: Introduction to Spatial Analysis of the GEOG1010: Geographical Modelling and Spatial Analysis module aimed at Level 1 undergraduates.
- GEOG1010 gave a broad introduction to GIS and was convened by Andy's colleagues and mentors
Stan Openshaw and
- In 1993, Stan delivered an earlier version of this lecture to Andy when he was a student. That lecture and indeed the whole module was inspirational, so it was quite a thing to be delivering the lecture 5 years later.
- Sadly, Stan retired early due to ill health (caused by a major stroke) around about the year 2000. Andy's scholarly work at that time retained a research focus and was somewhat removed from undergarduate and postgraduate teaching in the school.
- In Semester 2, 2005, Andy returned to the lecturing stage for further training and to help Steve deliver the second part of
GEOG2750: Earth Observation & GIS of the Physical Environment
- Andy acted in a supporting role, and as part of a double act - raised questions, made observations and elaborated on some of the ideas and concepts presented.
- GEOG2750 was aimed at Level 2 undergraduates and spanned both semesters of the academic year.
- The second part of the module taken in Semester 2 was based on a Level 4 masters module
GEOG5060: GIS and Environment.
- In Semester 2, 2005, GEOG5060 was to drop a lecture about spatial interpolation as the subject was being adequately covered in other pre-requisite or co-requisite modules across the various programs of study.
- In it's place, there was to be a new lecture, practical and assignment which Andy designed and delivered under the mentorship of Steve.
- This further informal lecturer training presented an opportunity for Andy to involve students in some on-going research (greater research engagement had been requested in previous student feedback).
- Andy geared the module component towards the analysis of raster digital elevation model data using geomorphometrics. Andy encouraged the students to work collaboratively and to experiment and investigate the potential use of geomorphometrics.
- Encouraged by feedback from both Steve and the students, Andy repeatedly delivered a lecture and practical in a similar way twice more (once a year).
- In 2009 Andy was assigned a tutoring role on
GEOG1300 Geography Tutorials
- This involved working with a group of seven Level 1 students in Semester 1
- Some of the students were new to university and others were transfering from other courses.
- In 2010 Andy was assigned an undergraduate dissertation mentor role working with a group of four Level 2 geography students as part of
GEOG2300 Human Geography Tutorials with Dissertation Design
- The student undergraduate dissertation work began in Level 2 as part of GEOG2300 which involved developing a research proposal. The dissertation work was then expected to continue over the summer and into Level 3 where it continued as GEOG3600.
- Each student project culminated in a dissertation thesis.
- In 2010 Andy was assigned a masters dissertation mentor role working with two masters students as part of
GEOG5160M Dissertation (GIScience).
- Andy has continued to be a tutor and since 2010 has supervised many undergraduate and taught postgraduate student projects.
- In 2013 Andy began convening
GEOG5881M GIS in the Workplace (WUN)
an Online Distance Learning (ODL) module which he has continued delivering to date although along with the rest of the programme, this is being retired.
- In 2017 Andy trained as a research postgraduate supervisor and is co-supervising Yuanxuan Yang.
Professional Acredited Training
- Research led teaching tends to condense the lessons of research so that others can gain knowledge and understanding faster. It is also about researching the teaching process and writing up pedagogical case studies.
- There is a balance to be reached between learning from first principles and taking things to the next logical step, and leaping forward being taught things, learning from direct experience, and learning from the lessons of others.
- Imagination, creativity, experiment and observation are as key to learning new things as critical thinking and learning from others.
- All thinkers can gain though studying the processes involved in teaching and learning.