Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
No specific entry requirements
This module provides an introduction to a variety of specialist field, laboratory and computer-based techniques of particular relevance to physical geography. Additionally, this module will give students experience of the types of techniques and processes involved in research and research design. Training and first-hand experience is provided through a range of field and lab based practical classes, which are supplemented by directed reading that explore effective methods for the analysis and presentation of data and demonstrate the wider application of the techniques used. The techniques used in this module are applicable to a number of career pathways.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-20029/lists
To provide training and first-hand experience in a variety of essential physical geograpahy field and laboratory practical skills.To build upon concepts and techniques introduced in the level I practical programme and provide a portfolio of skills applicable to level III independent research projects.To highlight the research applications and careers relevance of these techniques through in-class discussion and the directed reading of journal literature.
Intended Learning Outcomes
use a range of specialist geographical techniques (field, laboratory and computer-based) to collect, analyse, present and interpret a range of primary and secondary data: 1,2,4work effectively as part of a team to complete a group exercise within a specified time period: 1,4reflect upon and evaluate the quality of geographical data and determine the most effective techniques for the collection, analysis and presentation of this data: 3,4apply these techniques in a problem-solving context and present the key findings within a formal written report: 1,2,4
Practical classes 33 hoursPractical class preparation 15 hoursPreparation and completion of EBS report 45 hoursPreparation and completion of GIS project 25 hoursCompletion of guided personal reflections 10 hoursIndependent research and wider reading 22 hours
1: Individual Report weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Environmental Baseline Survey reportIndividual section of technical report of up to 1500 words relating to a section of the Environmental Baseline Survey that forms the focus of the practical sessions in weeks 2-8.2: Project weighted 35%
GIS projectCompletion of an individually-assessed GIS project relating to a series of exercises run in the practical sessions3: Reflective Analysis weighted 15%
Guided personal reflectionCompletion of a series of guided personal reflection exercises (equivalent to a total of c. 750 words) that consider the characteristics, quality and presentation of the primary and secondary data collected during the EBS. This provides an individual assessment component related to the EBS group project.4: Group Report weighted 10%
Group Collation of Environmental Baseline Survery ReportStudents will bring their individual sections of the Environmental Baseline Report together as one document and write a clear introduction, conclusions and recommendations based on the report findings. The students will also have to present all sections in a consistent and professional manner. Words limit for Introduction, conclusions and recommendations are 1000 words.