Environmental Field Project for Environmental Geography & Environmental Science - ENV00022C

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Payne
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module is built around a three-day field trip to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park with a one week flood exercise after the trip. The assignments consist of a poster which is made prior to the trip, notebook, which is marked during the trip with daily feedback, a report based on data collected on the final day of the trip, and attendance and completion of the flood risk exercise. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate material and knowledge from the first two terms of this year and apply that knowledge in field settings. There will also be new field skills and knowledge gained.

 

A field guide will be produced and distributed on the fieldtrip and all lectures and other teaching material will be available on the VLE.

There are no additional charges associated with the field component of this module.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module aims to give students the basic skills required to carry out field work in the ES and EG degree streams in the Environment Department, as well as revising content covered in other modules during the first year. The course comprises a 3-day field trip to the North Yorkshire Moors to examine a wide variety of geographical and environmental sites and an employability skills 'flood-week' exercise. Students will also carry research on the field trip region prior to going in the field and on return will produce a report on a research project using data collected on the final day of field trip. Students will learn basic field skills, such as map reading, surveying, note taking, sketching and observational skills, as well as how to work in a team.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe selected field-based methodologies and techniques used in collecting, analysing, presenting and application of geographical information
  • Collect, interpret, evaluate and combine different types of geographical evidence and information
  • Identify a diverse range of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding in geography
  • Apply geographical concepts in different situations
  • Describe and explain the results of practical fieldwork and relate results to existing bodies of geographical knowledge
  • Work in teams to solve cross-disciplinary problems in environmental hazards
  • Discuss specific case studies and examples relevant to specific themes relating to the field-class (e.g. natural hazards, coastal processes, upland landscapes)
  • Apply key concepts in data communication to the production of a research poster.

Module content

Generic/Employability Skills:

The module provides fundamental field-skills knowledge required by many employers. Written and oral skills are tested through the assessments and employers would specifically look for evidence that these were well-developed. The 'flood-week' exercise gives direct contact with two possible employers, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water, as well as builds and enhances your teamworking skills.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Field notebook
N/A 15
Essay/coursework
Flood week participation
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Group poster
N/A 20
Essay/coursework
Project report
N/A 55

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Reassessment: Project report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Standard feedback form in Environment within 4 weeks of hand-in date.

Indicative reading

NA



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