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BSc Geography and Geology

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of having:

- a knowledge of a range of environmental and geological systems, their history, and how they reflect key processes, along with issues of resource use within such systems.
- an appreciation of the practical contributions made by earth scientists to debates and policy on environmental and resource issues, and the environmental impacts of human activity, along with an understanding of their potential for continuing such contributions;
- the skills necessary to engage with scientific ideas and theory;
- laboratory and field-based skills in environmental and geological analysis and/or skills in the application of quantitative analysis and geographical information systems to environmental study;
- skills in teamwork, investigation, presentation and communication.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

1. the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
2. the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
3. the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
4. the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
5. the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

1. demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of physical geography and geology;
2. work that draws thoughtfully on a wide variety of material in physical geography and geology;
3. the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
4. evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within physical geography and/or geology;
5. work that is typically both evaluative and creative.


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