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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG2415 Glacial Processes and Landforms

10 creditsClass Size: 5

Module manager: Dr Jonathan Carrivick
Email: j.l.carrivick@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG2080Earth Surface Processes
GEOG2315Hydrological Processes

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on glacial environments, considering how they are changing with climate, the landforms associated with glacier erosion and deposition, and how glacier hydrology and motion interact at the ice-bedrock interface. The module finishes with a look at glacial hazards, in particular extreme flood events and avalanches. If possible, this module includes a single day fieldtrip in the Yorkshire Dales and a two-day residential fieldtrip in the Lake District for which students will be required to contribute approximately £50.The module provides students with the opportunity to apply the understanding from lectures in seminars, and group and practical activities.

Objectives

The objectives of the module are to:
1. establish the major glacial processes operating in the natural environment
2. demonstrate how earth surface processes impact on landscape evolution and natural hazard development
3. explain how glacial processes change across space and through time and in response to natural forcing.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:

- outline the principles of glacier mass balance, glacier motion and glacier hydrology
- identify the major erosional and depositional processes shaping glacial environments and the landforms associated with them
- show a critical understanding of the hazards associated with glacial catchments.

Skills outcomes
A Knowledge and Understanding
A1 The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the physical and natural sciences, the social sciences and humanities
A2 The diversity of global environments and the operation of, and inter-relationships between physical and biological systems over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales
A3 Patterns and processes of environmental change and their inter-relationships with human activities

B Cognitive skills
B1 Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
B2 Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
B3 Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
B4 Developing reasoned arguments
B5 Solving problems and making reasoned decisions

C Practical/professional skills
C1 Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team
C3 Employ a variety of technical and laboratory-based methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information (e.g. GIS, water chemistry, etc)
C4 Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data

D Key skills
D1 Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
D2 Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
D3 Apply numerical and computational skills to geographical information
D4 Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
D5 Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources
D6 Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others
D7 Manage time and organise work effectively


Syllabus

- Glacier hydrology
- Glacier motion
- Glacial erosion and deposition
- Hazards in glacierised catchments (outburst floods and avalanches)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Fieldwork112.0012.00
Group learning101.0010.00
Lecture101.0010.00
Practical22.004.00
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study involves:
1. Reading research papers/reports after lectures
2. Reading in preparation for seminars
3. Reading for, and preparation of, assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Directed reading seminars following lectures to ensure students are developing an understanding of the material
Informal question/answer sessions during seminars
Practical sessions before individual write up
Report assessment

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportGlacial Geomorphology field report 1200 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:19

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