2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
GEOG1175 Exploring the Physical Environment
20 creditsClass Size: 120
Module manager: Andy Baird
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe aim of this module is to support the transition to university and develop essential understanding and skills for conducting physical geographical work. These will include critical reading of the research literature, fieldwork planning and data collection, developing awareness of the different research approaches in physical geography, posing and answering research questions, writing research reports.
Objectives1. To introduce students to how physical geography is ‘done’. That is, to introduce students to the scientific approaches used by physical geographers when trying to understand the natural environment. Objective 1 will be fulfilled via a residential fieldtrip and a series of tutorials running through both semesters.
2. To introduce students to the reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for university-level study of physical geography. Objective 2 will be fulfilled via tutorials.
3 To introduce students to the skills needed to develop and plan a research project in which simple research questions are posed. Objective 3 will be fulfilled via a residential fieldtrip and tutorials.
On completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Identify and explain the differences between observational, experimental, and theoretical/modelling research approaches in physical geography.
2. Identify the research approach used in research papers and discuss the appropriateness of the approach.
3. Write cogently and critically on the research approaches used in a range of contrasting published geographical studies.
4. Demonstrate an ability to plan and undertake field data collection and to keep well-structured, informative, and reflective field notes.
5. Write a scientific report.
The subject-specific skills that students will develop include an understanding of how physical geographical research is conducted, critical analysis of published geographical research, planning and undertaking geographical fieldwork, writing well-structured and informative field notebooks, writing essays and reports, and presenting work effectively in small-group settings.
Semesters 1 and 2
Tutorials to facilitate the transition to university, introduce critical reading of research papers, and support the development of writing skills. The tutorials will also support the teaching and learning of the different research approaches used in physical geography.
Residential field work to develop skills in planning geographical fieldwork, collecting geographical data, keeping effective field notes, and reflecting on how geographical research is carried out.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOn the residential fieldtrip students will be given formative feedback on the first part of their field notebooks, which they then add to and improve over the remainder of the trip before submitting them for assessment. The tutorials contain a range of activities that students receive feedback on from their tutor, including a practice essay designed to help them develop their critical thinking and writing skills.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Field notebook like a lab notebook but for a field trip.
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:05
Browse Other Catalogues
- Undergraduate module catalogue
- Taught Postgraduate module catalogue
- Undergraduate programme catalogue
- Taught Postgraduate programme catalogue
Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to the Catalogue Team.PROD