Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module provides a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the nature of the discipline of Physical Geography, including its context within a broader scientific framework, its professional conventions, and the principles and concepts underlying current approaches to the subject. The module is intended for students who plan to pursue Physical Geography to a higher level within the Single Honours Geography or Dual Honours Physical Geography programmes. Teaching includes a series of 1-hour lectures (with web support and directed reading), one day of field research and a workshop following the fieldwork. In addition to the summative assessments, formative assessments within the module that will help students to prepare for the exam include a workbook completed as part of the field exercise.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-10038/lists
The module aims to provide students who intend to pursue Physical Geography to a higher level with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the nature of the discipline, including its context within a broader scientific framework, its professional conventions, and the principles and concepts underlying current approaches to the subject.
Intended Learning Outcomes
outline underlying principles and key concepts in the discipline of Physical Geography, and describe the plural and contested nature of the discipline, in a variety of modes of presentation appropriate to the discipline: 1apply theoretical and historical concepts in Physical Geography to questions concerning applied geographical questions: 1,2outline the academic and professional structures underpinning the discipline of Physical Geography: 1apply the experience of fieldwork to evaluations of practical techniques in physical geography: 2carry out basic fieldwork activities and communicate their outcomes in a fieldwork report: 2describe the application of Physical Geography to practical situations such as hazard and resource management, and its relevance in different employment situations: 1,2
8 hours fieldwork2 hours fieldwork workshop6 hours assembly sessions60 hours guided use of online resources14 hours independent reading and reflection30 hours essay research and preparation30 hours exercise research and write-up
1: Essay weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
2,000 word essay2,000 word essay plus reference list written in accordance with the Geography House Style, Students choose one title from a list provided at the start of the module.2: Exercise weighted 50%
Take-home exerciseA take-home exercise that will require students to combine material and ideas from the whole course to answer questions based partly on the theoretical sections of the module and partly on the sections related to practical and applied work. The exercise will be equivalent in workload to a 2,000-word essay.