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Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to and training in multiple techniques which are used in Physical Geography. These are directly related to our research strengths in glaciology, hydrology and palaeoecology. This develops skills across a range of techniques which can be subsequently applied to dissertation projects, for advanced 4th year courses, for higher level education. These techniques all represent transferable skills with may be used applied in the workplace. There are three field days where data are collected with subsequent lab classes providing instruction on how to analyse and interpret the data.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Brice Rea

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of GG2003 Environmental Systems (Passed) or GG2010 Physical Environments (Passed) or GG2013 Physical Environments (Passed)
  • Either GG2507 Skills and Techniques in Geosciences (Passed) or GG2508 Skills and Techniques in Geosciences (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG3569 Techniques in Physical Geography (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will deliver training in techniques related to our specific strengths in physical geography (Glaciology, Hydrology and Palaeoecology) and will develop on the introduction to these provided by the 2nd year physical geography course.

Topics/techniques will include some of the following:

·         Topographic survey.

·         Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.

·         Glaciology.

·         Ecology.

·         Palaeoecology.

·         Modelling.

All three research areas will have a field day where techniques are demonstrated and data are collected. Case studies may be used to introduce some techniques with some will be hands-on in the lab or in the field with others being solely theory based. This will provide a research-led introduction to techniques required at Honours and advanced level study and in the workplace beyond.

Further Information & Notes

There are three one day field trips where techniques will be demonstrated and data collected. Participation on these trips represents a component of the learning outcomes of the course.

This course is a pre-requisite for physical geography courses at Level 4.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Coursework (100%).

Formative Assessment

There is no stand-alone, formal formative assessment. However, feedback on summative assessments will help students to improve their subsequent performances within the course and for follow-up Level 4 courses.


Students will receive individual, written feedback on their coursework using our standard comments sheets.

Course Learning Outcomes


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