Geography Undergraduate Student Handbook
Welcome to the Department of Geography
This Handbook has been prepared to provide you with helpful information on the department: the staff who will teach you, the courses we offer and how you are taught and assessed. In addition there is information which we hope you will find useful on student support services, social activities and health and safety guidelines. Please take time to look through it and note its contents but be sure to keep it safely somewhere for it is mainly designed as a source of reference.
The Handbook contains key information on the department, its staff, objectives and course guidelines, together with outlines of course structures and modules. This web version is regularly updated and will provide the most up-to-date information.
In addition to this handbook you should make a point of regularly consulting the department notice boards, web sites, emails and pigeon holes (described in more detail later in the Handbook). Your Personal Tutor or tutors will be able to help if you have further questions. For information on specific modules you should talk to the staff member who is the module convenor. Staff have regular office hours and you can, of course, also email them.
Please be sure to keep us informed of things we need to know about you. It is vital that if you change address you notify the Department Office. Your degree course allows an element of choice so please be sure to keep us informed of any changes. If you miss a tutorial or seminar ensure that you see the staff member concerned as soon as you can. There are sections in this handbook relating to illness and it is important that you observe the procedures laid down, especially at examination time.
Please let us have your comments on the handbook, particularly any matters that you think are important but which have not been included in the present edition. Our aim is to provide you with a valuable source of information which will help things run smoothly.
I hope you enjoy your time in the Department of Geography at Sheffield.
Good luck and best wishes
Professor Jean Grugel
Head of Department