ESC-20030 - Regional Landsystems
Coordinator: Richard I Waller Room: WSF23A Tel: +44 1782 7 33179
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2021/22

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.

Aims
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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-20030/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and explain the geomorphic processes and products characteristic of particular regional landsystems: 1,2
discuss and explain how the creation of distinctive landsystems is dependent upon the influence of key controls such as climate and tectonics: 1,2
assess the impact of the specific environmental conditions and process environments encountered in particular regions on the resident human populations and related infrastructure: 1,2
critically analyse, interpret and synthesise relevant research findings reported within journal literature: 1,2
illustrate 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: 1,2
select and utilise remotely-sensed imagery to describe, illustrate and interpret a range of regional landsystems: 1

Study hours

Lectures & workshops: 23 hours
Seminars: 5 hours
Lecture & seminar preparation and follow up: 48 hours
Coursework preparation (blog entries): 25 hours
Essay preparation: 25 hours
Independent study: 24 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Blog posts totalling no more than 2000 words
Portfolio 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 essay
2000-word essay addressing a question relating to one of the four case studies.