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Physical Geography / Australasia

BSc Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:F847
Minimum Length:4 Year(s)
Credit Points:420
Part II Weight:10
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:2
Part II Year 4 Weight:4
Director of Studies:Dr AM Folkard

Compulsory Modules

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PartII (Year 2)

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

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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

-         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 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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