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Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences


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1. Writing an essayWhy write? What is an essay? How do I write a good essay? What are your essay markers looking for?2. Writing a reportWhy write a report?What are report readers looking for?Components of a good reportWriting a laboratory report3. Writing an annotated bibliography, summary or reviewPreparing an annotated bibliographyWriting a summary or precisWriting a good review4. Writing a media releaseWhat is a media release and what are users of media releases looking for?Targeting a media releaseWriting a media releaseSending a media releaseFollowing up a media release5. Preparing a posterWhy make a poster?How to produce a posterWhat are your poster markers looking for?Designing your poster6. Communicating with figures and tablesWhy communicate graphically?General guidelines for clear graphic communicationDifferent types of graphicPreparing a good table7. Making a mapDifferent types of mapsStandard elements of good maps8. Preparing and delivering a talkWhy are public-speaking skills important?Preparing to give a talk9. Passing examsWhy have exams?Types of examsPreparing for an examSitting exams: techniques for passing exams10. Referencing and language mattersWhat are references and why do we need them?The author-date (Harvard) systemThe note systemPlagiarism and academic dishonestySexism and racism in languageSome notes on punctuation

About the Author

Iain Hay is a Professor of Human Geography at Flinders University and President of the Institute of Australian Geographers. He is also a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.

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