ESC-20029 - Practical Physical Geography
Coordinator: Antonia C Law Tel: +44 1782 7 34306
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective





No specific entry requirements

Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

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.

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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

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: 1,2,4
work effectively as part of a team to complete a group exercise within a specified time period: 1,4
reflect upon and evaluate the quality of geographical data and determine the most effective techniques for the collection, analysis and presentation of this data: 3,4
apply these techniques in a problem-solving context and present the key findings within a formal written report: 1,2,4

Study hours

Practical classes 33 hours
Practical class preparation 15 hours
Preparation and completion of EBS report 45 hours
Preparation and completion of GIS project 25 hours
Completion of guided personal reflections 10 hours
Independent research and wider reading 22 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Individual Report weighted 40%
Environmental Baseline Survey report
Individual 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 project
Completion of an individually-assessed GIS project relating to a series of exercises run in the practical sessions

3: Reflective Analysis weighted 15%
Guided personal reflection
Completion 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 Report
Students 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.