Module Details

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Title EXPERIMENTS IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY II
Code ENVS154
Coordinator Dr RK Smedley
Geography and Planning
Rachel.Smedley@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

The module uses laboratory experiments to allow students to gain firsthand experience of some fundamental physical, biological and chemical processes underlying physical geography. It is designed to provide a foundation for physical geography modules in the second and third years.

It also aims to provide training in careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments. Throughout there is emphasis on quality control via replication and reference materials, and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics.


Learning Outcomes

A deeper understanding of processes that shape the earth’s surface

Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instruments 

Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis

General knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement


Syllabus

Each week all ten practicals are in operation, with each of the ten student groups taking a different practical. After ten weeks, all groups will have taken all practicals, though not in the same order.

The practical themes are:

1.  Chemical weathering

2.  Particle size and settling 

3.  Lock exchange experiment - mixing of coastal waters

4.  Glacial ablation and ice flow

5.  Reconstructing changes in sea level from sediment

6.  Geotechnical properties of materials

7.  Aeolian sediments and processes

8.  Lake sediment records of nutrient fluxes

9.  Sediment entrainment and deposition in rivers

10. Storm flow generation in hillslopes


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Laboratory Work - 10 weekly laboratory sessions


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours       80
10 weekly laboratory sessions
    80
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 70
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Coursework  Through whole module  Semester 2  100  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Portfolio of weekly oral and poster presentations Notes (applying to all assessments) A portfolio of weekly group presentations at the end of the laboratory session (Oral and Poster) 

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.
Explanation of Reading List:

None