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GG2013: PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This course provides an understanding of environmental processes and landscape change through time and space. The course places Physical Geography as an integral component of Earth System Science. The first half of the course explores physical environmental processes, whilst the second focuses on evidence of environmental change across a range of temporal and spatial scales. Three themes of glaciology, hydrology and palaeoecology will be explored to illustrate the linkages and interactions between process and form over a range of temporal and spatial scales. The course is team-taught by staff with an emphasis on using examples from recent research projects.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Josie Geris

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of GG1006 Global Worlds, Global Challenges (Passed) or GG1007 Global Worlds, Global Challenges (Passed) or GG1008 Global Worlds, Global Challenges (Passed) or GG1507 Scotland: Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Passed) or GG1508 Scotland: Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Passed) or GG1509 Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Passed) or GG1510 Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Passed) or KL107T Global Worlds, Global Challenges (Passed) or KL107Y Global Worlds, Global Challenges (Kl Version) (Passed) or KL157T Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Passed) or KL157Y Scotland: Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Kl Version) (Passed) or KL159Y Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Passed) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course focuses on understanding physical environmental processes and change. In particular three broad themes of hydrology, glaciology and palaeoecology will be explored to illustrate the linkages and interactions between process and form over a range of temporal and spatial scales. The three themes are team-taught by staff with a strong emphasis on using examples from their own research projects.

Further Information & Notes

This course is a pre-requisite for physical geography courses at Level 3.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc Geography-Geoscience
  • BSc Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Geography Joint

Contact Teaching Time

46 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Coursework (67%), 1-hour examination (33%). Resit: Coursework (67%, resubmission of failed components permitted, but with mark capped at CAS 9); 1-hour examination (33%).

Formative Assessment

There is no stand-alone, formal formative assessment. However, feedback on summative assessments should help students to improve their subsequent performances within the course and for follow-up second half-session courses.

Feedback

Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework using standard comments sheets. We also provide whole-class feedback via MyAberdeen. This includes the main points of answers/tutors' mark schemes to encourage students to review where they gained and lost marks.

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