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Physical Geography

BSc Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:F840
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Dr AM Folkard

Compulsory Modules

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PartII (Year 2)

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

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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BSc Physical Geography students are recommended to take GEOG 170/171 Double Part I Geography and one other Part I subject; this will allow them to keep open the option of transferring in Part II to the standard BA or BSc Geography degrees or to another specialist Geography degree. Otherwise, they must take the single course GEOG161 Single Physical Geography), whilst studying two other Part I subjects. Normally, in addition to Geography, BSc Physical Geography students are required to take science subject(s).


Part 2, year 2:

Students must take Geog 201 (Techniques) and Geog 202 (Concepts) This provides a two unit core

Students must take two core half units from physical geography modules (Geog 203, Earth Surface Processes and Geog 204, Interacting Landscapes) (total one unit)

Students must choose two more half units from the Physical Geography or Environmental units on offer, or may choose one geography half unit plus one half unit from a cognate subject studied in Part 1 (total one unit)


Part 2 year 3:

Students must take Geog 301 (one unit dissertation)

Students choose three more units of teaching from the physical or environmental geography modules on offer.  Students may take up to one unit in a cognate subject studies in year two.

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