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GG2013: PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Dmitri Mauquoy
  • Dr Nicholas P. Spedding

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

  • 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)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 18 - 19
  • 1 during University weeks 12, 15

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x excel practicals (33% each)

Two short pieces of work related to news stories and student discussions (33%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

As for first attempt. Contact course coordinator.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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