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BSc Hons Physical Geography


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: F840 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Geography Director of Studies: Dr AM Folkard
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 5 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • The student must take 6 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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    •         To provide a flexible but structured training in Physical Geography which will provide students with knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment

    •         To develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment

    •         To develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training

    •         To encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning

    •         To offer a choice of modules which will give students experience across the spectrum of Physical Geography

    •         To offer students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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    Knowledge and Understanding

    Depending on the choice of modules, students will acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of the following Physical Geography topics:

    -         Past Environments and their reconstruction

    -         Freshwater and Marine environments and processes

    -         Glacial environments and processes

    -         Solid Earth environments and processes

    -         Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 

    Students will be given guidance on an appropriate choice of modules

    Intellectual skills

    -         Interpreting textual, cartographic, and numerical data

    -         Synthesising and critically evaluating information from a variety of sources

    -         Assessing the merits of contrasting theories and explanations in physical geography

    -         Analysing, problem-solving and decision making

    -         Developing a reasoned argument and intellectual integrity

    Practical skills

    -         Plan, execute and report on fieldwork and physical geographical research, and an ability to use the technical skills needed for this

    -         Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work

    -         Appreciate the ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher

    Transferable skills

    -           Work independently or as part of a team

    -           Use relevant Information Technology

    -           Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

    -           Design and prepare project proposals

    -           An ability to learn new, diverse and complex material

    -           Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life

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