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BSc Hons Physical Geography / Australasia

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: F847 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Geography Director of Studies: Dr AM Folkard
Total Credit Points: 420 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 60 Credit Points Year 4: 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 the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 4)
  • 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

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

    -         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


    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 coastal 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. Students will also have developed an understanding of physical geography in an Australasian context, and have acquired knowledge and understanding specific to topics available at the Australasian university they attend in their 2nd year

    Intellectual skills

    Studebnts will acquire the following 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

    Students will:

    -         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


    Students will acquire the following transferable skills:

    -           Adaptation to life and study in a foreign country

    -           An ability to work independently or as part of a team

    -           An ability to use relevant Information Technology

    -           Effective written and oral communication skills

    -           The ability to design and prepare project proposals

    -           The ability to learn new, diverse and complex material

    -           The ability to take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life

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