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Unit information: Study and Field Skills B in 2021/22

Unit name Study and Field Skills B
Unit code GEOG25070
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ros Death
Open unit status Not open

All units in Single Honours Geography Year 1


Research Methods in Physical Geography and at least two physical Geography units from Year 2.

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The unit comprises of a residential field course in an alpine location, e.g. Arolla (Valais, Switzerland) or similar.

Field Class

The field class will include preliminary introductory lectures, group field teaching and discussion, directed group research and an independent research project session.

A combination of staff-guided and self-directed group projects will enable students to learn about the varied physical environments of the alpine location. Staff-guided projects at the start of the field trip will focus on glacial hydrochemistry and microbiology as well as snow melt and runoff, taking advantage of the current weather and snow conditions. They are likely to include: snow processes in a valley, fluvial processes and sediment transport, and glacier and groundwater biogeochemistry. Students will undertake self-directed projects, initially in liaison and with the approval of staff, in the final part of the trip. These projects usually extend on aspects of the field work during the first few days that capture the imagination of particular cohorts of students. These projects provide invaluable experience for those undertaking field work when conducting their Dissertations. Full briefing on health and safety aspects of the projects are given by the staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to:

  1. Plan and undertake independent field and research work;
  2. present the results of such studies verbally and in written form.

The following transferable skills are developed in this Unit:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Team work
  • Numeracy
  • Computer literacy
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Planning
  • Project management
  • Planning and delivering an oral presentation
  • Self and peer-group assessment

Teaching Information

Briefing lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork.

Assessment Information

Percentage of the unit that is coursework: 100

Fieldwork report (100%).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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