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Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences
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Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences helps students to communicating effectively in academic and professional settings. It discusses the character and practice of some of the most common forms of academic presentation skills used by students of geography and the environment. Chapters outline the `whys' and `hows' of essays, research and laboratory reports, reviews, media releases, summaries, annotated bibliographies, maps, figures, tables, posters, examinations, and talks. Information on the ways in which forms of presentation are commonly assessed enables students to approach their study with confidence as they will have the skills to clearly express their ideas and knowledge. THIS BOOK WILL: Help improve teaching, learning, and assessment. Improves students' communication skills will help them write better essays and pass exams with confidence. Help increasingly diverse student populations fulfil educational objectives. Revealing the key skills of academic communication and assessment, this text is a perfect study aid to those studying through distance education. Provide students with useful vocational skills. This book develops the key abilities university graduates need to communicate ideas and information as they enter today's workforce.
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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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