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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F800
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

Core modules

  • Changes in Earth Surface Processes
  • Experiments in Physical Geography I
  • Experiments in Physical Geography II
  • Living with Environmental Change
  • Study Skills and GIS 

Optional modules

  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Human Geography through Merseyside
  • Introduction to marine biochemistry
  • Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils
  • Marine biology: life in the seas and ocean
  • Marine ecosystems: diversity, processes and threats
  • Mathematics and Physics for Environmental Scientists
  • Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes
  • New Horizons in Human Geography
  • Plate tectonics
  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Changes in Earth Surface Processes (ENVS163)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module uses a lecture and fieldwork-basedproblem-solving approach to explore some of the fundamental physical andchemical processes underlying physical geography. It is designed to provide afoundation for physical geography modules in the second and third years.

    It also aims toprovide training in field methodologies and procedures.

    Learning Outcomes

    The core processes and landforms underlying major geomorphic systems​

    Long term environmental change –Pleistocene and Holocene​​

    Practical skills training Physical geography including surveying,mapping, environmental change and hydrology​

    Data analysis techniques and processing of fieldwork data​
  • Experiments in Physical Geography I (ENVS120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    For students to learn:-

    • Careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments.
    • Approaches to measurement quality control via replication and reference materials.
    • Appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics using MINITAB.
    • Succinct and clear presentation of experimental results in poster form (Powerpoint)
    Learning Outcomes

    A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment.  

    ​Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instrument; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement.  

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

  • Experiments in Physical Geography II (ENVS154)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 measuremen​​t

  • Living With Environmental Change (ENVS119)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The over-arching aim of thismodule is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facingsociety and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinaryresearch theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climatechange and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energyefficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach iscrucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to findingholistic and sustainable solutions.

    ​ 

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

    ​Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

    ​Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

    ​Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

  • Study Skills and Gis (ENVS100)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​The aim of this module is to help students develop theessential study and disciplinary skills required by Geographers andEnvironmental Scientists, both for their current studies and future employment.

    Specifically, this module aims to help students:

    • Gain an introduction to key approaches/concepts and ideas in Geography and Environmental Science
    • Identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information
    • Gain study skills essential for subsequent years
    • Develop personal transferable skills
    • Enhance their employability
    • Gain practical experience of applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental and Social Science​
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to record field observations and ideas. 

    ​Use IT tools to find accurate and up to date information. 

    Undertake independent GPS data collection.

    ​Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.

    Plan and structure written work to University standard. 

    Ability to critically evaluate academic publications.

    Prepare and deliver poster presentations.​

    Awareness of the importance of early planning for employability enhancement.

Year One Optional Modules

  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

    • Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;
    • How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;
    • How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;
    • How the atmosphere and ocean vary together.
    • How the past state of the climate system is affected by the ocean circulation
    Learning Outcomes

    1. Knowledge and Understanding
     

    a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean.

    b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves.

    c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.​

    2. Intellectual Abilities
     

    a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate system

    b. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.​

    3. Subject Based Practical Skills
     

    a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results.

    b. Understand the use of dimensions.​

    ​​​​​​

    4. General Transferable Skills
     

    a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions.

    b. Time management.

    c. Problem solving.​

  • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    AimsUsing certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions.

    To encourage students to manage their own learning.

    Learning Outcomes An appreciation of the complexities and multifaceted nature of environmental issues.



    ​An understanding of land-use change, its history, the main drivers and their interactions.

    ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

    ​An introduction to the politics of natural resources and energy.

    ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

    ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

    ​An understanding of the scientific debate about evidence for global climate change, the possible socio-economic impacts of various climate change scenarios, and possible ameliorative measures.

  • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS153)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to provide a basic understanding of chemistry relevant for environmental sciences.


    Learning Outcomes

    a. describe the structure of an atom, its electronic configuration and predict some of its chemical behaviour based on its position in the periodic table;​

    ​b. understand the inter andintramolecular forces that bond molecules and atoms together to form "matter", and thusexplain why for instance water is a liquid atroom temperature while oxygen is a gas;​

    ​c. name chemical compounds, write balanced chemical reactions and understand howthe amount of products and reactants can be predicted;​

    ​d. understand whatoxidation numbers and redox reactions are and relate those to someenvironmental processes;

    ​e. understand basics of aquatic chemistry such aspH, concentration, dilution; understand energy changes in chemical reactions;​

    ​f. be aware of the basics of organicbiogeochemistry.​

  • Human Geography Through Merseyside (ENVS162)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed with the following aims in mind:

    • Introduce students to key areas of human geography inquiry practised at the University of Liverpool through engagement in intensive day-long practical exercises.
    • Ground learning in a particular geographic context through focus on human geographic processes in Merseyside and Liverpool.
    • Provide students with practical experience in a variety of methods for collecting and analysing geographic data.
    • Allow students to practise speaking and writing about geographic concepts and linking these concepts to real-world examples.
    • Provide experience working independently and in groups.
    • Prepare students for studying Human Geography in subsequent years.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this module, successful students will be able to

    • Demonstrate an understanding of key areas of Human Geography inquiry, and relate important geographic concepts to examples in Liverpool and Merseyside.

    • Demonstrate basic skills in the collection and interpretation of geogrpahical data, both qualitative and quantitative.​
  • Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry (ENVS158)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to marine chemistry of the major and trace elements.
    2. To demonstrate the dynamic relationship between the chemical ocean environment and biological processes.
    3. To identify the main ocean basins and main oceanic transport routes of chemical species
    4. To teach the necessary practical skills for oceanographic sampling and measurement of chemical species.
    Learning Outcomes1. Students will be able to identify ocean basins, their major characteristics and transport pathways.

    2. Students will gain knowledge of the sources and distributions of major and minor elements in the ocean, including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

    3. Students will understand the chemical and biological processes that control the distribution of major and minor elements including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

    ​3. Students will recognize the form and function of different components of the marine ecosystem including viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. ​

    ​4. Students will be able to synthesis knowledge of key biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to understand how they are linked in the modern and past ocean environment. 

    5. Students will know how to measure key properties of the ocean and interpret why they vary in space and time

  • Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils (ENVS118)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
    • The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks and to introduce the main groups of common fossil.
    • The module aims to cover the basic language used to describe sediments and fossils and gives an introduction to a range of physical, chemical and biological concepts.   
    • The students are introduced to the economic significance of sediments and sedimentary rocks and how fossils provide information on geological time, evolutionary history and ancient environments.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​1. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe sediments and sedimentary rocks at outcrop, hand specimen and thin section scales, identifying and naming key structures and fabrics.

    ​2. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between process and product for both depositional and diagenetic features and be able to discuss the utility of sedimentary rocks to determine processs and, to a lesser extent, environment.

    ​3. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe, name and identify and interpret the main features of common fossils.

    4. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how organisms are preserved as fossils, and of the utility of fossils to identify ancient modes of life, environments and relative ages of rocks.
  • Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans (ENVS121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module will introduce students to the main groups of organisms found in the marine environment. Students will encounter these groups in subsequent modules and field studies and gaining a familiarity with them in this module will enable them to recognise them and understand their role in marine ecosystems. 


    Learning Outcomes​Acquire knowledge and understanding on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine life.

    ​Develop the ability to recognise the major groups of marine organisms using their key features

    ​Experience how to examine marine organisms and understand their functional biology using different kinds of specimens and approaches. 

    ​Recognise the adaptational solutions to functional problems adopted by marine organisms

  • Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats (ENVS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the diversity of ecosystem types in the marine environment and the various threats that they face. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Acquire knowledge and understanding of representative key ecosystems found in the marine environment.

      ​Be familiar with the marine organisms that live in representative key marine ecosystems.

      ​Acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental ecological principles, transferable to later marine and non-marine modules.

      ​Be aware of the threats that humans may pose to marine ecosystems.

      ​Appreciate how humans assess and may mitigate detrimental impacts to the environment.

      ​Be introduced to the importance to their future studies of critical reading of scientific literature.

    • Mathematics and Physics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS117)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To provide students with   

      1) A grounding in the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

      2) Practical experience in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​At the end of the module a student shoudl be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

      ​At the end of the module the student should be able to      

      a) judge which is the correct formula or equation to use under particular circumstances.

      b) demonstrate skills in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment

      At the end of the module a student should be able to      

      a) do simple estimations by hand

      b) do arithmetic using a calculator

      c) rearrange algebraic formulae to make the required quantity the subject

      d) insert values in a formula and calculate the correct answer

      e) sketch simple mathematical curves by inspection of the formula

      f) differentiate and integrate simple mathematical functions

    • Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes (ENVS115)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims

      To introduce the petrological microscope
      To introduce the main rock forming minerals
      To examine the origins of Earth''s magmas, igneous rocks and volcanoes.
      To consider the physical and chemical properties of magmas, how compositions of magmas are changed, and how magma emplacement history is recorded in rock texture.
      To examine the physical processes of the main types of volcanic activity and the associated hazards.
      To introduce volcanic hazards awareness and principles of risk mitigation.

      Learning Outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding​

      On successful completion of this module, students should: a. Know the properties of common rock-forming minerals;
      b. Understand common classification schemes for minerals and rocks;
      c. Understand how minerals may be interpreted to infer geological conditions and processes.
      d. Understand the nature, origins and possible outcomes of magmatic activity.
      e. Understand processes of magma compositional change, and know how magmas and igneous rocks are classified.
      f. Recognise common magmatic rocks in hand specimen and under the microscope.
      g. Understand the physical and chemical processes and conditions that govern the spectrum of volcanic eruption styles, and know how volcanic activity is classified.
      h. Understand the impact of volcanism on society and environment.

      Intellectual abilities

      On successful completion of this module, students should have developed the ability to: a. Design a strategy for identifying minerals in hand specimen and thin section.
      b. Be able to analyse magmatic rocks and make simple deductions concerning magmatic history.
      c. Be able to observe, record, interpret and present descriptive information regarding volcanic activity.
      d. Be able to solve problems concerning physical processes and the environment.
      e. Be able to infer conditions and processes of emplacement and cooling from rock texture.

      Subject base practical skillsOn successful completion of this module students should: a. Be able to use a hand lens and a petrological microscope;
      b. Be able to make proper drawings of minerals seen in hand specimen and thin section.
      c. Be able to use simple techniques of visualisation and numeracy to solve volcanological problems.
      d. Competently use the petrological microscope to record textural information and unravel magmatic process.

    • New Horizons in Human Geography (ENVS116)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The module aims:    

      • To identify key geographical factors to demonstrate how geography may influence and individuals health.
      • Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​ and demonstrate how they relate to real world case studies
      Learning Outcomes

      To identify key population trends in health and how these vary geographically​

      Understand critical arguments about the role of geography in health research​

      Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​

      Apply social geography theories to real world case studies​

    • Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics (ENVS112)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      AimsTo introduce students to the structure and composition of the Earth, the Earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields, and dynamics within the deep Earth.

      To introduce students to the physics of Earth material and the geological time scale.

      To introduce students to plate tectonics.
      Learning Outcomes

        1. Knowledge and Understanding
       

      On completion of this module, students should:

      a. Have concepts and knowledge of whole Earth structure and composition, Earth’s gravity and magnetic fields, and dynamic processes within the mantle and core.

      b. Have concepts and knowledge of the physical properties and behaviour of Earth material.

      c. Have concepts and knowledge of the geological time scale and radiometric dating methods.

      d. Be able to understand the plate tectonic model and the relationship between plate tectonics and geological and geophysical observations in the major plate tectonic settings.

        2. Intellectual Abilities
       

      On completion of this module, students shouldbe able:

      a. to explain and evaluate the relationships between Earth structure, composition, physical behaviour and Earth dynamics;

      b. to explain and evaluate the relationships between plate tectonics and geological and geophysical processes and observations in the major plate tectonic settings.

        3. Subject Based Practical Skills
       

      On completion of this module, students should:

      a. be able to manipulate geological and geophysical data to help understand Earth structure and processes.

        4. General Transferable Skills
       

      On completion of this module, students should have developed their skills in:

      a. problem solving including simple numerical problems;
      b. numeracy through completion of assignments;
      c. Information synthesis and collation;
      d. time management through regular assignment deadlines.

    • Research Frontiers in Human Geography (ENVS161)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      This module aims to provide students with an introduction to cutting edge debates in contemporary human geography.

      Learning OutcomesDemonstrate an understanding of key issues in contemporary human geography

      Recognize the contribution and interplay of key subdisciplinary areas within contemporary human geography

      Demonstrate knowledge of a range of subdisciplinary approaches to key concepts in human geography including space and place

    Programme Year Two

    Core modules

    • European Field Class
    • Principles and Theory in Geography
    • Research Skills (Geography and Environmental Science)

    Optional modules

    • An introduction to Environmental History
    • Catchment Hydrology
    • Changing environments
    • Cities and Regions
    • Climatology
    • Deep Earth Mineralisation Systems
    • Dynamic Stratigraphy
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air Quaternary Environmental Change
    • GIS for Human Geography
    • Key skills for ocean scientists
    • Magmatism and Volcanic Hazards
    • Marine ecophysiology: ecology and exploitation
    • Marine pollution
    • Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas
    • Palaeobiology and Evolution
    • Political Economies of Globalisation
    • Population and Societies
    • Rural Geographies
    • Sedimentary Processes
    • Social and Cultural Geographies
    • Soils, Slopes and the Environment
    • Statistics for Social Scientists

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Physical Geography Foreign Field Course (ENVS228)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To understand processes and characteristics of a particular and contrasting environment to the UK

      To understand interactions of various components of the environment

      To design and execute a research project

      To undertake fieldwork in an unfamiliar environment

      To understand the application and interpretation of common statistical methods

      Learning Outcomes

      To understand how to measure and interpret the processes and characteristics and their interactions in an environment. 

      ​To understand how the setting influences processes and outcomes in the environment

      ​To be able to design and execute a research project

      ​To be able to apply appropriate field methods

      ​To be able to apply appropriate analytical techniques

      ​To learn how to work in a team

      ​To be able to synthesise information from a variety of sources

      ​To be able to produce a research project report

      ​To be able to apply and correctly interpret common numerical/statistical methods (distribution testing, tests of difference; tests of association, and empirical modelling by regression)

    • Principles and Theory in Geography (ENVS249)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims
      • To develop a critical and reflexive sense of the nature of geography as a dynamic, plural and contested discipline.
      • To become aware of major theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in Geography.
      • To develop an understanding of cutting edge debates in physical and human Geography.
      • To develop an understanding of the interrelations and interface between physical and human Geography, particularly around environmental issues.
      Learning Outcomes
      Critically evaluate key perspectives on human and physical geography, and to situate them in the history of the discipline.

        ​Apply different styles of spatial thinking to particular contexts and research questions.
        Engage in theoretical understanding of the behaviour of complex social and physical systems, and the approached to their modelling.

        ​​Understand the relevance of theoretical debates for their own research practices.​

        Understand the interface between physical and human Geography, and be able to illustrate how this can help in the analysis of environmental problems.​

      • Research Skills (geography and Environmental Science) (ENVS203)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterWhole Session
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
        1. Provide students with training in research methods and analysis techniques
        2. Develop students'' understanding and appreciation of the Environmental Sciences as a contemporary academic discipline
        3. Nurture students'' understanding of, and engagement with, theoretical and methodological issues in the Environmental Sciences
        4. Develop students'' skills of critical analysis and academic writing
        5. Support students'' preparation for individual research projects
        6. Develop students'' study and personal transferable skills
        7. Develop students'' awareness of careers and employability.
        Learning Outcomes

        Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Geography and the Environmental Sciences in recent decades

        ​Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of different methodological strategies

        ​Making use of newly-developed research skills and knowledge, identify a research problem or subject and design an appropriate research strategy

        ​Write a dissertation proposal in an academic style with appropriate illustrations, citations and references

        ​Enhanced ability to write an essay in a technical English academic style

        ​Make an oral presentation on a researched topic to a small group

        ​Develop personal employability skills through application letter and CV development

      Year Two Optional Modules

      • An Introduction to Environmental History (ENVS223)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
        Aims

        The module seeks to introduce students to the discipline of Environmental History, examining the different ways in which human-environment interactions have changed through time. Providing students with a knowledge of how present interactions have been shaped by past activities, and how these can be used to better understand the future. 

        It forms a basis for more advanced environmental courses in Year 3.

        Learning Outcomes

        On completion of this module, students should be able:-

        1. Demonstrate an understanding of global environmental history from the pre-history to the present day.

        2. To have a demonstrable understanding and ability to critically evaluate the impact on the earth of: the domestication of plants and animals; the agricultural and industrial revolutions from the eighteenth century; and present day processes of globalisation and resource management.

        3. To critically explain the consequences of desertification and deforestation.

        4. To critically evaluate present day academic and policy perspectives on the sustainability of agricultural and industrial systems.

        5. To engage with debates on environmental philosophy and ethics.

        Achievement of these objectives will be assessed by examination.

      • Catchment Hydrology (ENVS217)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        The module aims to enable students to ​investigate and understand the main hydrological processes operating in drainage catchments in terms of their measurement, operation and controlling factors. The module will provide students with a ''hands-on'' experience of both observing hydrology and modelling hydrological systems, with an emphasis on applied learning, which might be useful in a vocational sense in the future. The module will aim to deliver excellent training for students in the knowledge required to work in a wide variety of environmentally-facing careers, including those with the EA, Natural England or DEFRA, as well as Environmental Consultancies.

        Learning Outcomes

        Describe the key hydrological components of the catchment system

        Explain the main controlling factors on hydrological processes occurring within drainage catchments​ ​​Analyse and predict the response of catchments to rainfall events ​​​Evaluate methods used to predict river flows​

        ​Review the environmental variables that control the morphology, sedimentation and evolution of lakes​

      • Changing Environments (ENVS214)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims

        At the end of this module, students will have a strong understanding of the mechanisms that have shaped our landscape over time; laboratory and computer skills to yeild environmental reconstructions; a critical insight of the different techniques and methodolgies for reconstructing past environments; an understanding of the importance to study the past to forecast future environmental change.

        Learning Outcomes​At the end of this module, students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the global changes that have affected the Earth in the recent past
        ​Students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the key characteristics of important depositional environments

        ​Students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the major environmental indicators used  in these environments and the dating techniques

        Through practical work, you will have acquired practical knowledge of different laboratory techniques needed for the identification of major biological indicators conventionally used for reconstructing the environment and climate (pollen, diatoms, foraminifera, testate amoeba); lake sediment description and analysis; spatial awareness of landscape change thought GIS exercises. ​
      • Cities and Regions (ENVS230)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
        Aims

        To equip students with an understanding of the nature of urban and regional change and the policy issues that it presents.

        Learning OutcomesUnderstand, and be able to discuss, the economic, social and environmental causes of urban and regional change

        ​Understand, and be able to analyse, the consequences of urban and regional change for local economies, environments and societies

        ​Understand, and be able to predict, the policy issues arising from the consequences of urban and regional change
      • Climatology (ENVS231)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
        Aims

        The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding across a number of areas of meteorology and weather, covering physical processes.  These processes are covered at a detailed level and supported by an overview of the subject area. This module gives the scientific foundation for more discursive as well as process orientated final year modules.

        The practicals provide an introduction to aspects of meteorological analysis. These are supported through the general lecture programme.  The practical series add to the learning experience and skills to enable students to apply what is learnt in the lecture programme. 

          

        Learning Outcomes

        ​Evaluate appropriate theories, methods and techniques

        ​Recognise how selected environments interact with appropriate atmospheric and weather processes

        ​Understand different weather from high, mid and tropical latitudes

        Apply practical data analysis.​
      • Deep Earth Mineralisation Systems (ENVS268)
        Level2
        Credit level7.5
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
        • To examine the igneous processes that form layered mafic igneous complexes and associated nickel and platinum group element ore deposits.
        • To examine the igneous processes that form granitoids and associated porphyry copper ore deposits
        • To examine the dissipation of heat from plutons, and its contact metamorphic effects on adjacent country rock.
        • To examine the origin of orogenic gold deposits
        • To examine the origin of kimberlite-hosted diamond depsoits
        • To enable students to work together in teams and develop reporting skills
        Learning Outcomes

        Explain the processes that results in abnormal geochemical concentrations of certain elements to form mineral deposits.

        ​Explain the relationship between source, melting, cooling, crystallisation and plutonic rock composition, and be able to rationalise mineral modes and textures in terms of likely igneous processes.

        ​Explain the mechanisms by which heat is transferred from a pluton into its surrounding country rock and how this may relate to mineral assemblages developed in ancient settings.

        ​Know the common mineral assemblages developed in pelitic rocks during low pressure contact metamorphism and be able to use compatibility diagrams and petrogenetic grids to interpret them in terms of pluton depth of formation.​

        Know the common rock types associated with Ni/PGE, porphyry copper, orogenic gold and diamond mineralisation, and be able to predict likely targets for these types of mineralisation.
      • Dynamic Stratigraphy (ENVS281)
        Level2
        Credit level7.5
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims
        This Module aims to: examine the controls on the stratigraphic organisation of sedimentary strata, and to foster understanding of how a time framework can be established in such strata; examine the differences between lithostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy and communication of formal stratigraphic nomenclature; introduce the concepts of sequence stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy and practical core-logging; and enable students to produce well constrained interpretations of the ways in which controlling processes operate to create stratigraphic organization and architecture with particular reference to the dynamic stratigraphy of the UK and Europe.
          Learning Outcomes

          ​Explain the concept of geological time and the differences between lithostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy, and  be able to analyse stratigraphy in terms of space and time and to interpret likely controls on stratal patterns.

          ​Evaluate the geological controls of stratigraphic development though an understanding of the startigraphic evolution of the British Isles and Europe.

          ​Be able to interpret the geological history and stratigraphic evolution of an area by analysing a geological map.

          ​Apply formal stratigraphic nomenclature to the geological record and construct a chronostratigraphic diagram.

          ​Problem solving through working independently and with others on a range of data types to produce integrated solutions.

          ​Develop simple sequence stratigraphic or seismic startigraphic models from outcrop and/or subsurface data and communicate results though graphical means.

        1. Environmental Sustainability (ENVS218)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          This module aims to: introduce students to current thinking in relation to sustainable development and locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas; develop an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of human development ; develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

          Learning Outcomes

          Students completing the course successfully should:

          1. be aware of current thinking in relation to sustainable development and be able to locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas;
          2. have an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of development;
          3. develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

        2. Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air (ENVS252)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
          Aims

          The module aims  to

          1) develop an understanding of major geomorphic systems

           and

          2) how they create terrestrial landforms.

          Learning OutcomesOn completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding ofthe functioning of major geomorphic processes

          ​On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between geomorphic processes and climate

          ​On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the magnitude, frequency and spatial scales and timescales under which geomorphic processes operate

          On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of ​the importance of linkages between geomorphic process, material and resulting landform (energy/material interaction).

        3. Gis for Human Geography (ENVS257)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          AimsThe module aims to develop an understanding of how and why GIS may be useful in the social sciences. It will introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS and enable students to develop both (i) theoretical knowledge of GIS and (ii) a practical ability to apply GIS in the handling and analysis of spatial data in a human geography context.
          Learning Outcomes

          Students will gain a sound understanding of the principles of GIS in a social science context

          Students will understand how to implement the basic functions of GIS.

          ​Students will know how to apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in the process of turning data into information.

          Students, when faced with a new dataset, will be able to work independently using a GIS.

        4. Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis (ENVS202)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          To develop skills in environmental data analysis by applying the Matlab computing package to process, analyse and plot data.

          To develop a critical approach to the results of data analysis.


          Learning Outcomes

          1. Knowledge and Understanding
           

          At the end of the module the student should

          a) know how to write a program script in Matlab

          b) know how to process and plot ocean and climate data​ using Matlab


          2. Intellectual Abilities
           

          At the end of the module the student should be able to:

          a) know how to construct problems and use problem solving skills.

          b) analyse and interpret signals in environmental data.

          c) implement programming methods used for simple models and time-series analysis

          d) synthesise information from their own data analysis and the literature into a written report​

          3. Subject Based Practical Skills
           

          At the end of the module the student should be able to:

          a) how to synthesize concepts across environmental science

          b) write a computer program to analyse and plot environmental data​

          ​​​​


          4. General Transferable Skills
           

          At the end of the module, the student should have:

          a) Gain ability in formulating problems and acquiring order of magnitude solutions

          b) Gained computing skills and familiarity with computing methods and programming

          c) Developed written communication through the writing of reports

        5. Magmatism and Volcanic Hazards (ENVS262)
          Level2
          Credit level7.5
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
          Aims

          To examine fundamentally contrasting magmatic systems and consider in each case the nature and origin of the magmatic activity with follow-up intensive case studies of actual and putative associated hazards.

          To consider the scientific basis for anticipation of volcanic hazards and impact of volcanism on climate.

          To consider the problems associated with volcanic risk mitigation and evaluate the role of the scientist in specific cases.

          To evaluate the media handling of volcanic activity in relation to hazards and potential climate change, from the perspectives both of quality of science and of moral issues arising.

          Learning Outcomes​Explain the nature and origin of ocean-island volcanism andcritically assess the hazards associated with island collapse.

          ​Integrate diverse primary evidence to construct and evaluateconceptual models of volcanic processes.

          ​Evaluate strategies for effective communication ofscientific ideas and concepts with the general public, and critically assessthe role of the media.

          ​​Explain key volcanological processes and concepts graphically using a poster presentation.
        6. Marine Ecophysiology, Ecology and Exploitation (ENVS251)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
          Aims

          This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address multi-disciplinarytopics.


          Learning Outcomes

          Be familiar with some key physiological adaptations necessary to survive in the marine environment​

          ​Understand the imporance of ​​​​​some key ecological concepts that underpin the stucturing of marine communities

          ​Develop a basic understanding of key human activities that can affect individuals, populations and communities of marine animals 

          ​Develop the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific papers

          ​Develop the ability to research, plan and write essay questions that tackle multi-disciplinary issues (using material from across the module as necessary)

        7. Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims

          ·         To introduce students to the main anthropogenic stressors, their effects and importance on the marine system;

          ·         To develop an awareness of the current problems;

          ·         To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers;

          ·         To enhance writing and communication skills.

          Learning Outcomes​​Students will gain an understanding and awareness of the various types of stressors that affect the marine system.

          ​​Students will be trained in browsing and searching Web of science to produce a research related poster 

        8. Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas (ENVS266)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          Provide students with a quantitative understanding of some key oceanographic concepts, applied to coastal seas.

          Provide students with knowledge of how the oceanography of a coastal sea supports biological production.

          Allow students to gain experience in the use of a simple computer model to design and carry out experiments on coastal oceanography.

          Provide students with practical experience of making basic, useful calculations applied to coastal oceanography.

          Learning Outcomes

          ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in coastal oceanography​​

          ​Students will learn to appreciate the need to consider a theory''s underlying assumptions when testing its appropriateness as an explanation for a phenomenon​

          ​Students will develop skills in framing testable hypotheses.​

          ​Students will acquire experience in the use of a simple computer model in testing a hypothesis.​

          ​Students will gain experience in reaching quantified answers to problems in the coastal ocean.​

          ​Students will develop an understanding of how the physics and biology of a coastal sea are linked​

        9. Palaeobiology and Evolution (ENVS283)
          Level2
          Credit level7.5
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
          Aims

          1. To introduce evolutionary theory and how fossils contribute to the study of evolution.

          2. To provide an overview of the most important events in vertebrate evolution.

          3. To introduce the main groups of microfossil.

          4. To demonstrate the uses of palaeontological field data.

          Learning Outcomes

          ​1a. On successful completion of this module, students will know the characteristic features and applications of the main groups of microfossil​

          1b. On successful completion of this module, students will understand how evolution occurs and how evolutionary relationships can be deduced from fossils


          1c. On successful completion of this module, students will understand the spatial and temporal controls on biodiversity​ and corresponding patterns in the fossil record

           
          1d. On successful completion of this module, students will know some of the key events in the evolution of vertebrates​

          ​1e. On successful completion of this module, students will understand how palaeontological field data can be used to aid interpretation of palaeoecology, palaeoenvironment and geological history


          ​2a. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to explain the theory of evolution and the fossil evidence for it


          ​2b. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to evaluate the arrangement of taxa on a cladogram in terms of evolutionary relatedness


          ​2c. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to combine palaeontological with other geological data to produce a full account of the palaeoenvironment of a given area


          ​3a. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to use the binocular microscope and camera lucida to produce accurate drawings

          ​3b. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to observe and describe the characteristic features of the main microfossil groups

          ​3c. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to make a full systematic description of a common invertebrate fossil

          ​3d. On successful competion of this module, students will be able to construct a simple phylogeny

          ​3e. On successful competion of this module, students will be able to construct a stratigraphic range chart

          ​4a. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed time management skills

          ​4b. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed skills in the systematic observation and recording of data

          ​4c. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed the ability to present information in a variety of alternative formats such as spreadsheets, charts and graphs

          ​4d. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to write scientific reports effectively

          ​4e. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed the ability to search for, gather and utilise information from a variety of sources

        10. Political Economies of Globalisation (ENVS264)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
          Aims

          This module introduces students to the study of globalisation. It will be of interest to those who wish to learn how capitalism is transformed, and what challenges this transformation entails for the functioning of national and local economies, states and societies. Specifically, the course examines the changes globalisation has wrought in political life and how globalisation has been contested. Having acquired a basic knowledge of inequalities in the global economy, students will learn how the adverse consequences of globalisation can be challenged, and what are the possibilities of democratic governance in the age of globalisation. By taking this module students will prepare themselves for a more advanced study of international political economy and development and for the world of work where, it can be assumed, nothing will remain the same and the jobs of the future will be created by people who have not yet thought of them.  Finally, it will enable students to understand what are reputable crtiques of the current taken for granted, and what are more dangerous populisms and examples of ''post truth'' politics.

          Learning Outcomes

          By the end of this module, students should:

          • Know and analyse the main paradigms and perspectives on globalisation, mainstream and heterodox

            ​Have a basic understanding of the workings of the global political economy

            ​Be familiar with and be able to analyse the existing examples of anti-globalisation movements.

            ​Understand the contested nature of processes of ‘neoliberalisation.’

        11. Population and Societies (ENVS221)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
          Aims

           

          The module aims to

          Provide an understanding  and explaination of  the main societal and cultural determinants of a wide range of demographic and other events, including being born; leaving home; moving home; partnering; having sex; having children; experiencing well-being, falling ill and dying;

           

          Describe and account for how these events lead to spatial and temporal variations in population growth rates and structuresExamine the relevance of the demographic and epidemiological (health) transitions to developing countries, and, Assess the future global population prospects​ 

           The module aims to move far beyond the basic population geography presented in GCSE and A-level syllabuses by providing: (i) greater breadth and depth of coverage; (ii) direct exposure to the population-related research of current staff; (iii) greater critical engagement with the material covered.

           

          Learning Outcomes​​Understand and explain the main societal and cultural determinants of a wide range of demographic and other events, including being born; leaving home; moving home; partnering; having sex; having children; experiencing well-being, falling ill and dying

            Describe and account for how these events lead to spatial and temporal variations in population growth rates and structures​

            Critically examine the relevance of the demographic and epidemiological (health) transitions to developing countries.​

            Critically assess the future global population prospects​

          • Rural Geographies (ENVS227)
            Level2
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
            Aims

            1) To develop a critical awareness of the changes taking place in contemporary rural areas.

            2)    To stimulate informed debate about the geographical difference and inequalities in rural areas both in the UK and Europe.

            3)    To draw attention to, and encourage critique of, the empirical studies and conceptual approaches taken by geographers and social scientists to the study of these issues.

            Learning Outcomes

            On successful completion of this module, students should be able, at threshold level, to:

             

            To critically appraise the studies of geographers and other social scientists to rural issues and the varying conceptual approaches taken to their study.


              To articulate how rurality is interconnected with space, economy, politics, society, culture, and nature.

              To analyse how rurality shapes and is shaped by political-economic change, social recomposition and cultural meaningfulness.​

              To critically evaluate the responses by national and local governments, rural communities and other organizations to such changes
            1. Sedimentary Processes and Depositional Environments (ENVS219)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
              Aims

              To address aspects of physical, chemical and biological processes of sedimentation in the context of the depositional settings in which they operate. To provide the necessary background for understanding the significance of structures and textures preserved in sedimentary rocks and the skills necessary to gather and analyse information that allows well constrained interpretations of depositional environments to be made in the rock record.

              Learning Outcomes

              ​Ability to describe how fluid flow governs sediment transport and bedform configuration 

              ​Ability to collect and analyse sedimentary information to infer sedimentary process

              ​Ability to recognise a range of depositional environments from the sedimentary record

              ​Ability to use sedimentary information to build facies models for depositional environments

              ​Ability to synthesise sedimentary datasets to demonstrate spatial and temporal evolution of depositional systems

            2. Social and Cultural Geographies (ENVS275)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
              AimsBy the end of this module, we aim for you to:
              • Have an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;
              • Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;
              • Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;
              • Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;
              • Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;
              • Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical examples;
              • Have an appreciation of the range of methods used in social and cultural geographies.
              Learning OutcomesHave an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;

              ​Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;

              ​Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;

              ​Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;

              ​Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;

              ​Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical (academic) examples.

            3. Soils, Slopes and the Environment (ENVS238)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
              Aims

              1.  To understand the fundamental properties and characteristics of slopes and soils.

              2. To understand slope and soil forming processes and evolution

              3. To apply this knowledge to a number of pure and applied problems relating to slope and soil stability.

              Learning Outcomes

              ​Describe the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils.

              ​Use your knowledge of the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils to classify them

              ​Understand the processes of soil formation.

              ​Understand the factors that affect slope and soil stability

              ​Explain the processes of soil erosion, why they vary in time and space, and describe how they shape the landscape.

              ​Explain why landslides/mass movements occur.

            4. Statistics for Social Scientists (ENVS225)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
              Aims
              1. To train students in statistics for the Social Sciences.
              2. To equip students with knowledge on how to conduct research using quantitative methods based on both primary and secondary data sources.
              3. To ensure that students understand the importance of statistics in real life
              Learning OutcomesTo understand why statistics are used in social science

              To understand statistical terms in scientific papers and the media

              To select appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions

              To analyse and summarise data using descriptive statistics and inferential methods

              To use Excel & SPSS to apply these methods, and interpret the output​

            Programme Year Three

            Core modules

            • Dissertation or Work Based Dissertation (30 Credits)

            One optional (30 Credit) field class module:

            • Europe (Portugal or Iceland) or Santa Cruz (California)

            Choose six of the following (four if taking the optional field class module):

            • Climate Change: A Critical Review
            • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change
            • Embodied and everyday geographies
            • Evolution, oceans and climate
            • Fluvial Environments
            • Geographic Data Science
            • Geographies of Resistance
            • Global Carbon Cycle
            • Human-Environment Interactions
            • Ireland: political, social and cultural geographies
            • Issues in Geography
            • Marine ecology, theory and applications
            • Maritime geographies
            • Natural Hazards and Society
            • Ocean Dynamics
            • Postcolonial Geographies
            • Science Communication
            • Surviving the marine environment: adaptation, behaviour and conservation
            • Teaching geography

            Year Three Compulsory Modules

            • Geography Dissertation (ENVS321)
              Level3
              Credit level30
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              1. To provide students with the opportunity to apply theorectical concepts to real-life situations

              2. To alow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice

              Learning Outcomes​​​

              Successful completion of this module will deliver the following learning outcomes:

              1. An understanding of how to use indepenent research to address a specific research question

              ​An understanding of how to design and carry out a research project to answer that question

              ​The ability to undertake and write-up an indpdendent review of the academic literature relating to a specific research question

              ​. The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse a large amount of primary and secondary data

              ​The ability to write-up a research project following academic conventions regarding structure and layout

              ​ A clearer understanding of how to time-manage a project to completion

              ​The ability to reflect on the skills learned and how different skills can be used in different contexts

            • Geography Work-based Dissertation (ENVS323)
              Level3
              Credit level30
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              The module aims:

              1. To provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
              2. To allow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice.
              3. To give students the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a workplace context.
              Learning Outcomes​​​

              Successful completion of this module will deliver the following learning outcomes:

              1. An understanding of how to use independent research to address a specific research question
              2. An understanding of how to design and carry out a research project to answer that question.
              3. The ability to undertake and write-up an independent review of the academic literature relating to a a specific research question
              4. The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse a large amount of primary and secondary data.
              5. The ability to write-up a research project following academic conventions regarding structure and layout.
              6. A clearer understanding of how to time-manage a project to completion
              7. The ability to reflect on the skills learned and how different skills can be used in different contexts
              8. Experience of working alongside a workplace partner to address a research question of relevance to that workplace.  
              9. The ability to write up research findings for a non-academic audience in the form of a report.
            • Field Class (algarve, Portugal) (ENVS380)
              Level3
              Credit level30
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              To develop an understanding of the physical and biological landscape of the Algarve and its modification by human action; to get to know the basic geomorphic evolution of the Algarve area in the light of climate change; to comprehend the interplay of processes acting at different spatial and temporal scales in the present day landscape; to realize the importance that the physiographic setting has for natural resources, landuse and natural hazards in a Mediterranean landscape, and how human landuse has transformed the landscape; applied in a climatic context not found in the UK; to learn how water, landscape and vegetation resources are managed.

              Learning Outcomes

              After completing the module students should be able to evaluate the field evidence: (a) for understanding the role of climate in landform evolution (applied in an environmental context not encountered in the UK)

              ​b) for interpreting the temporal and spatial relationships between climate change and human impact on landscapes and environments,

              ​(c) for deducing the importance of lithology and landscape evolution for present day soils, land use and natural hazards.

              ​(d) for inferring human impact on the landscape

            • Field Class (santa Cruz) (ENVS352)
              Level3
              Credit level30
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              To provide students with experience in:

              • Application of theory to practical field research.
              • General fieldwork skills (Critical observation, data collection and management, continual re-evaluation of progress, etc.).
              • Team work.
              • Synthesis, interpretation, and presentation of data obtained through independent research.
              • Group report writing.

              Learning Outcomes

              Identification of research questions from current research literature

              ​Formulation of a research proposal with appropriate scope for a short field study

              ​Implementation of a field research project

              ​Analysis and interpretation of findings

              ​Formal presentation of research findings in academic journal format

            Year Three Optional Modules

            • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
              Aims

              The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

              Learning Outcomes

              Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

              ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


              ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


              Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

              ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

            • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
              Aims

              This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

              Learning Outcomes

              Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

              ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

              ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

              ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

              ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

              ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

            • Embodied and Everyday Geographies (ENVS344)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              ·        to develop students'' critical understanding of therelationship between bodies, identities and everyday politics

              ·        to develop students'' critical understanding of the ways inwhich power operates on bodies at a range of scales including geopolitics,national health policy, the home and the media

              ·        to allow students to apply critical geographical theory(particularly feminist and poststructural theory) to case studies and examplesfrom contemporary geographical research​


              Learning Outcomes

              ​Have an understanding of feminist geography, feminist geopolitics and post structural theories

              Be able to engage with debates in the above fields​

              Have developed skills in reading and writing critically​

              Be able to recognise and critically assess the role of politics and governance in the practice of everyday life​

              ​Have an understanding of key concepts in the field including:- biopolitics, agency and autonomy, morality, power and resistance, citizenship and civility 

              ​Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical (academic) examples 

              ​Be able to provide critical commentary on the importance of politics and governance in everyday life

            • Evolution, Oceans and Climate (ENVS461)
              LevelM
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
              Aims

              The module aims to develop

              Skills -the manipulation and interpretation of numerical, stratigraphic and geochemical data, the synthesis of data and literature information and coherent scientific argument.

              Knowledge and understanding of the major controls on the behaviour of the Earth''s oceans and climates and the interaction of climate and the evolution of life on Earth. An appreciation of the role of physical, geochemical, palaeontological and sedimentological techniques in the study of ancient oceans and climates, and the relationships between changes in the physical environment and the development of life on Earth.

              Learning Outcomes

              ​Students will develop an understanding of the key changes that have affected life on earth and the evolution of climate, atmosphere and oceans. 

              ​Students will develop an understanding of the use of geochemical, palaeontological and sedimentological data to determine and monitor past changes. 

              ​Through data analysis and dicussion students will develop skills to analyse and criticise the methodology and conclusions in published work. 

              ​Students will develop their core skills in data analysis, verbal and written comunication

            • Fluvial Environments (ENVS372)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
              Aims

              To develop understanding of functioning and stability/instability characteristics of fluvial geomorphic systems - in both humid and arid regions over timescales from the Pleistocene to the present day

              Learning Outcomes

              By the end of the module, a student should be able to:-
              1. Describe and analyse the functioning of fluvial systems and apply major concepts (Assessed by exam)




               

              ​2. Explain the different temporal and spatial scales on which variations occur (Assessed by exam and essay)

              ​3. Analyse and evaluate the likely factors influencing fluvial responses (Assessed by essay and exam)

              4. Analyse and use field evidence of fluvial processes and landforms (Assessed by use of field experience in exam and essay)

              5. Critically evaluate and synthesise published literature (Assessed by essay)

            • Geographic Data Science (ENVS363)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims
              1. The module provides students with core competences in Geographic Data Science (GDS). Thisincludes the following:

                • Advancing their statistical and numerical literacy.

                • Introducing basic principles of programming and state-of-the-art computational tools for GDS.

                • Presenting a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies available to the Geographic Data Scientist, as well as their intuition as to how and when they can be applied.

                • Focusing on real world applications of these techniques in a geographical and applied context.

              Learning OutcomesDemonstrate advanced GIS/GDS concepts and be able to use the tools programmaticallyto import, manipulate and analyse data in different formats.Understand the motivation and inner workings of the main methodological approaches ofGDS, both analytical and visual.Critically evaluate the suitability of a specific technique, what it can offer and how it canhelp answer questions of interest.Apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in theprocess of turning data into information.

              ​When faced with a new data-set, work independently using GIS/GDS tools programmatically.

               

            • Geographies of Resistance (ENVS387)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              Humans have constructed visions of a better world throughout history: in fact, social movement scholars argue that the history of humanity is the history of this struggle.  Certain protest technologies have existing throughout time: taking up arms to fight for what you believe in, or to defend a way of life.  Some forms of resistance date back to the nineteenth century: the strike, the march, the petition, sabotage.  More recently, social movements have used networks and social media to create what some argue are new forms of protest.  This course surveys how geographers and others have theorised protest, resistance and other strategies for change though a range of theoretical approaches and case studies.

              Learning Outcomes

              By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

              • Understand the range of protest technologies developed by social movements, and ways that they are conceptionalised;
              • Analyse contemporary social movements using these theoretical tools;
              • Understand the range of protest technologies available to social movements;
              • Analyse the development of a specific social movement using social movement theory;
              • Understand the range of responses open to opponents of social movements that enable them to support or retard their aims;
              • Analyse how protest and mobilisation both from grassroots and elite groups has accelerated and limited the possibilities for progress towards social change;

            • Global Carbon Cycle (ENVS335)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
              Aims

              To provide students with a view of the ocean carbon cycle as a dynamic system.

              To give students an appreciation of the importance of chemical and biological processes in controlling the distribution of carbon in the ocean.

              To provide students with an in depth understanding of the carbon cycle from the surface ocean, to the deep ocean and sediments, and the impact environmental change may have on it.

              Learning Outcomes

              Students will learn how physical, chemical and biological process control the transfer of carbon between the atmosphere, ocean and land, and the distribution of carbon species between these environments

              Students will understand the role and significance that the ocean plays in the global cycling of carbon

              ​Students will understand the pathways involved in cycling of inorganic and organic carbon between land and the ocean and the surface and deep ocean, with emphasis on the solubility, carbonate and biological pumps

              ​Students will understand how stable isotopes can be used to study the carbon cycle and how it has varied in Earth''s history

              ​Students will understand how environmental change is perturbing the global carbon cycle in the present day. Topics covered will include ocean acidification and changes in the surface temperature

            • Human-environmental Interactions (ENVS315)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              The module aims to demonstrate and review how successful management of modern and future landscapes often requires a long time perspective.

              Learning Outcomes

              Learning outcomes are: a knowledge of appropriate theory about environmental change

              ​a deeper understanding of interactions between human activities and landscape in space and time

              a critical view of the assumptions on which landscape management decisions and future modelled states are based; ​
            • Ireland: Political, Social and Cultural Geographies (ENVS399)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              ​Students will develop their knowledge of Irish cultural geography .

              Students will gain insight into the impact of human activity on the Irish landscape.

              The module seeks to foster an undertanding of contemporary Irish identity,culture, society and politics.

              The module aims to develop students'' skills of interdisciplinary study relating Ireland and it''s past.

              Learning Outcomes

              ​Students will obtain an overview of Irish cultural geography from human settlement until the present.

              ​​Students will gain insight into the impact of human activity on the Irish landscape.

              ​​Students will develop knowlege of contemporary Irish identity

              ​​Students will develop interdisciplinary study skills.

            • Issues in Geography (ENVS385)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              1

              To give students the chance to examine a topic or an approach which is new to them. By Year 3, students usually have well-focused areas of study, based on dissertations and module choices. This module allows students to take a step back from this focus and to consider new areas of investigation.

              2

              To extend and assess students'' abilities in a range of areas, emphasising communication skills:

              - Identification of a suitable area of study
              - Independent research skills
              - Proposal writing
              - Oral presentation
              - Essay writing

              Learning Outcomes

              Identify and formulate a topic, requiring information gathering and synthesis of widely ranging information types

              ​Effectively communicate ideas through oral and written media

              ​Competently handle current communications technology

              ​Synthesise arguments and evidence

            • Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications (ENVS383)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
              Aims

              To develop the connections between ecological theory and the management of marine communities and ecosystems. The theory covered will mostly be concerned with the dynamics and diversity of communities and ecosystems.

              Learning Outcomes

              ​evaluate the major ecological theories underlying the dynamics and diversity of marine communities and ecosystems.

              ​relate problems in marine conservation and resource exploitation to these ecological concepts.

              ​use appropriate methods to assess the consequences of environmental change and management for marine communities and ecosystems.

              ​recognize the importance of ecological theory in underpinning scientific advice to management.

            • Maritime Geographies (ENVS339)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
              Aims

               

                   

              The aim of this module is to enable students to develop:

               

              1)  A critical understanding of how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies;

               

              2)  An awareness of how physically, the seas have shaped port cities;

               

              3)  A deep knowledgeof how in the present era, oceans are vital to legal,economic and environmental concerns.

               

               

               

              Learning Outcomes

              Communicate knowledge ofthe place of seas and oceans in the discipline of geography;

              Demonstratea critical understanding of understanding how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies; how physically, the seas have shaped and impact onport cities; and in the present era how oceans are vital to legal, economic andenvironmental concerns;

              ​ Engagecritically with literature and documentation concerning maritime geographies;

              Criticallyassess and evaluate the geographies of seas and oceans in the context of maritime Merseyside. 

              ​Presentknowledge and critical discussion of the role of maritime worlds for physical andhuman geographies in written form.

            • Natural Hazards and Society (ENVS319)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
              Aims

              To introduce contextual perspectives on a variety of natural hazards, the different levels of impact on human societies and the mitigation/adaptation strategies adopted before, during and after an extreme natural event.

              Learning Outcomes

              An understanding of the physical and societal definitions of a natural hazard

              An understanding of the processes leading to geophysical, hydrological, meteorological and climatological hazards

              ​An awareness of the vulnerability of societies

              ​An appreciation of the costs on these extremes events on societies

              ​Acquire a sound knowledge on mitigation and adaptation strategies for each type of natural hazard

            • Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
              Aims

              To gain a high level understanding of ocean and atmospheric dynamics:

              • To understand the background state of the atmosphere and ocean;
              • To address how tracers spread;
              • To understand the effects of rotation and how jets and eddies form on a rotating planet;
              • To understand how waves influence and interact with the ocean circulation;
              • To understand why there are western boundary currents and gyres in ocean basins;
              • To understand how topography shapes the deep ocean circulation over the globe.
              Learning Outcomes

              ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

              ​Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

              ​Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

              ​Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

              ​Students will develop an understanding of the factors controling fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

            • Postcolonial Geographies (ENVS334)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              This level three module aims to explore the relevance of postcolonial ideas to understanding the contemporary world.

              The module will also aims to applying theoretical ideas to a number of case studies. The first section will deal with colonialism and its legacies in formerly colonised areas, particularly South Asia. This section will allow students to critically interrogate processes such as development and political activism in the global south. The second section of the module will deal with the effects of colonialism on countries which are former colonial powers, and will allow students to interpret processes such as migration and multiculturalism.

              Learning Outcomes

              By the end of this module, students will understand the historical origins of global interdependence and inequality;




              ​An understanding of how postcolonial theory has challenged ''Western'' schools of thought (such as ''development'', or the idea of ''Orientalism'')


              ​An understanding of the ''real-world'' consequences of imperialism and colonialism in the present (for example, the effects of ''multiculturalism'' in different countries).

              Students will understand the interlinked relationships between peoples (e.g. ethnicities, cultures) and places (e.g. nations, regions);

              ​By the end of the module, students will have the ability to apply postcolonial theories to contemporary case studies

              Through the module assessment, students will develop skills in the analysis of cultural products (e.g. film, television, museum exhibits)

            • Science Communication (ENVS393)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterWhole Session
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims
            • Provide key transferable skills​ to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team working.

            • ​Provide classoom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career

            • ​Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers.

            • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation.​

            • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activites within merseyside.​

            • Learning Outcomes

              ​Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles.

              ​Have an understanding of the Widening Participation Agenda

              Have an understanding of relevant STEM subjects and activities that would link into the National Curriculum

              ​Develop appropriate STEM activities for KS2 and KS3 school groups that link with the National Curriculum

              ​Reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach acivities and their delivery

              ​Be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice ​when delivering within a school setting

              ​Be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

              ​Have experience of planning the delivery of a project

              ​Have experience of team working

              ​Have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

            • Surviving the Marine Environment: Adaptation, Behaviour and Conservation (ENVS310)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              ​This module aims to foster a broad understanding of contemporary theory in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and ecophysiology, with special reference to the marine environment. We will consider processes that operate at scales from individuals to populations and consider implications of these processes for the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.

              Learning OutcomesAppreciate the diversity of behavioural, life-history, genetic and phenotypic adaptations that are adopted by a variety of marine organisms;

              Understand the costs and benefits of these behavioural and life-history strategies of different marine species;

              Understand the various processes that drive evolution in the marine environment;

              Have experience of the relevance of evolutionary processes to contemporary marine science and biological conservation.​

            • Teaching Geography (ENVS308)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterWhole Session
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              ​Provide key transferable skills including: communication; presentation; practical classroom skills and team working

              Provide teaching experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career

              Encourage a new generation of geography teachers

              Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation

              Learning Outcomes

              ​An understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles

              An understanding of Geography learning activites that link to the National Curriculum​

              ​The ability to mentor A-level Geography students

              The ability to deliver and reflect on a learnnig activity targetted at secondary school pupils​

              Understanding of the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice relevant to working with school children​

            The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


            Teaching and Learning

            To help you meet the intellectual and practical challenges of studying Geography, our programmes are taught using a student centred approach, involving a range of learning experiences. These include:

            • Small tutor groups (typically eight students) through all years
            • High levels of field based learning within the UK and abroad
            • An emphasis on active, problem-based learning (‘learning by doing’) Hands-on experience of cutting-edge laboratory technologies in physical geography
            • Innovative GIS, statistical and qualitative research methodologies and community consultation in human geography
            • Supervised independent and group project work, including (for Single Honours degrees) a final year independent research-based dissertation supervised by a dedicated expert in the field.

            A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.


            Assessment

            Assessments are designed around developing skills and styles of communication that will be relevant to future employers. So, in addition to exams and essays, you will also undertake assessments that include computer-based exercises, oral presentations, policy briefs, field projects, and research reports. Single Honours Geography students complete a compulsory 10,000-word dissertation in their final year on a topic of their choice. This is your opportunity to develop skills as an independent academic researcher, supported on a one-to-one basis by an expert in the field.