Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The Earth's surface is characterised by a diverse assemblage of contrasting landscapes and "landsystems" that reflect complex interactions between various factors including global climate, tectonic processes and variations in earth surface materials. This module explores our planet's diverse physical landscapes by examining the processes and landforms responsible for the generation of distinctive "Regional Landsystems", investigating the fundamental controls on their geographical variability, and considering their implications for human society. The module also develops key skills associated with the description and interpretation of remotely-sensed imagery available through Google Earth that are of relevance to a number of subject-related career pathways.
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This module explores our planet┐s diverse physical landscape by: examining the processes and landforms responsible for the generation of distinctive ┐regional landsystems┐, investigating the fundamental controls on their geographical variability, and considering their implications for human society. This module also develops key skills associated with the description and interpretation of remotely-sensed imagery that is of relevance to a number of subject-related careers pathways.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe and explain the geomorphic processes and products characteristic of particular regional landsystems: 1,2discuss and explain how the creation of distinctive landsystems is dependent upon the influence of key controls such as climate and tectonics: 1,2assess the impact of the specific environmental conditions and process environments encountered in particular regions on the resident human populations and related infrastructure: 1,2critically analyse, interpret and synthesise relevant research findings reported within journal literature: 1,2illustrate the dynamic, plural and contested nature of the subject area, and explain the role played by geographers in advancing knowledge and understanding through both academic and applied research: 1,2select and utilise remotely-sensed imagery to describe, illustrate and interpret a range of regional landsystems: 1
Lectures & workshops: 23 hoursSeminars: 5 hoursLecture & seminar preparation and follow up: 48 hoursCoursework preparation (blog entries): 25 hoursEssay preparation: 25 hoursIndependent study: 24 hours
1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Blog posts totalling no more than 2000 wordsPortfolio of 4 x 500 word blog posts that address each of the four case studies and focus around the description and interpretation of remotely-sensed imagery. Students obtain their own images from Google Earth and describe and interpret the landforms evident within the landsystem depicted making appropriate reference to relevant journal literature.2: Essay weighted 50%
2000-word essay2000-word essay addressing a question relating to one of the four case studies.