Module Details

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Title THEORY AND LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS IN EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES
Code ENVS165
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 a lecture and laboratory-based problem-solving approach to explore some of the fundamental physical and chemical processes underlying physical geography. It is designed to provide a foundation for environmental and 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

(LO1) The core processes and landforms underlying major geomorphic systems

(LO2) Long term environmental change – Pleistocene and Holocene

(LO3) A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment

(LO4) Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instruments; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement

(LO5) Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis

(S1) IT skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Problem solving skills

(S4) Teamwork


Syllabus

 

Lecture series:

Global geomorphology and earth surface process environments

Primary weathering and nutrient dynamics

Glacial environments

Fluvial environments

Aeolian and dryland processes

Coastal geomorphology

Slopes and soils

Lacustrine environments

Pleistocene: glacial/interglacial cycles

The last glaciation

Deglacial and postglacial environments

Weekly Central Teaching Laboratory Practical Sessions

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:

Chemical weathering

Particle size and settling

Lock exchange experiment - mixing of coastal waters

Glacial ablation and ice flow

Reconstructing changes in sea level from sediment

Geotechnical properties of materials

Aeolian sediments an d processes

Lake sediment records of nutrient fluxes

Sediment entrainment and deposition in rivers

Storm flow generation in hillslopes


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Module lecture series of 1 hour lectures
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Description: Series of all day weekly practicals
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12

    70

    82
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 68
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Examination paper focused on the lecture series There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :2  1 hour    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Portfolio of oral and poster reports from the practicals There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule  Through whole module    50       

Recommended Texts

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