- Department: Environment and Geography
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Rippin
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
- See module specification for other years: 2018-19
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This module will provide students with a unique opportunity to study glacial, volcanological and fluvial processes and landforms, as well as natural hazards that arise as a result of the interaction of these three key elements of the environment. The module will build on practical experience gained in previous field-studies in the 1st and 2nd years, but will also introduce some more advanced techniques for studying the environment. Learning through field-work is an important part of studies carried out in physical geography - the 'hands-on' experience provided is an important complement to theoretical studies carried out back home. Carrying out such fieldwork in an exotic location provides a unique experience, and Iceland in particular will enable students to experience and study environments not accessible within the UK.
As this is an optional field course module a charge additional to tuition fees is incurred by students taking this module. Costs will vary depending on number of students on the module, exchange rates, changes in accomodation charges by providers etc. In 2017-18 the cost of the field course per student, with 23 students attending the module, was £1620 per student.
By the end of the module students will develop:
Generic / Employability Skills:
The module will provide students with a very specific range of skills and abilities related to the fields of glaciology, volcanism and environmental change.
More, generic skills that will arise from this are:
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Feedback on the assessment will be provided throughout. Oral feedback will be given on presentations while in Iceland, as well as in detailed written form subsequently. Detailed, specific written comments will also be provided on field-books, and also on the 3000-word write-up. Detailed comments giving generic information on good practice, relevant to the whole class, will also be provided and disseminated via the VLE.
Benn D. and D.J. Evans. 2010. Glaciers and Glaciation (2nd edition). Hodder Education, 816pp
Bennett M.W. and N.F. Glasser. 2009. Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms (2nd edition). Wiley-Blackwell, 400pp
Francis and Oppenheimer. 2003. Volcanoes. OUP Oxford. 536pp
Holden, J. 2010. An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment (2nd edition). Prentice Hall.
Hubbard, B. and N.F. Glasser. 2005. Field Techniques in Glaciology and Glacial Geomorphology. Wiley-Blackwell, 412pp
Knight, P.G. 2009. Glacier Science and Environmental Change. Wiley-Blackwell, 544pp
Maizels and Caseldine. 2013. Environmental Change in Iceland: Past and Present (Glaciology and Quaternary Geology). Springer. 333pp
Siegert, M.J. 2001. Ice Sheets and Late Quaternary Environmental Change. Wiley-Blackwell, 248pp
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