Module Information

Module Identifier
EAM0820
Module Title
Approaches to Glaciology
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Robert Bingham (Reader - University of Edinburgh)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 3 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Project Report 1  Up to 1500 words  25%
Semester Assessment Project Report 2  Up to 1500 words  25%
Semester Assessment Project Report 3  Up to 1500 words  25%
Semester Assessment Essay  Up to 2,000 words  25%
Supplementary Assessment 100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Operate and apply a range of contemporary research techniques used in glaciology.

2. Devise and carry out practical experimentation to address specific glaciological issues.

3. Undertake desk-based manipulation and analyses of glaciological data.

4. Demonstrate expertise in terms of the interaction of theory, modelling and empirical data collection in one specific subject area of glaciology.

Brief description

The module focuses on providing a practical introduction to a variety of commonly-used glaciological techniques. This is provided through seminar classes, laboratory classes and a field application class.

Content

The module involves exploring the variety of approaches used by researchers in addressing glaciological problems. Module content includes evaluating the merits of combining various approaches to glaciology and includes a strong practical component. Specifically, the module will include one Essay Report and three Research Projects. Typical projects include:

Project 1: Field-based Campbell Scientific micro-logger programming and implementation. The case study is to be introduced through existing literature and will be based on a practical exercise.

Project 2: Computer-based GIS/remote-sensing/satellite image analysis exercise. The case study is to be introduced through existing literature and will be based on the analysis of glacigenic features.

Project 3: Laboratory-based ice experimentation. The case study is to be introduced through existing literature and will be based on establishing and running an experiment to investigate the relationships between ice ablation and a variety of environmental controls.

Essay Report: Seminar-supported review of the interaction of theory, modelling and empirical data collection in one specific subject area of glaciology.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number All projects require quantitative data analysis.
Communication Written communication is required in all assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance The assessed coursework requires students to develop their understanding of issues associated with the module.
Information Technology All projects require IT for data acquisition, analysis and presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development will be improved through collaborative field work and mastering techniques.
Problem solving Research Projects involve issues associated with the development and execution of robust experimental design and analysis, and with the integration of theory with field and/or laboratory practice. The Essay demands identification of contemporary research problems and exploration of the techniques used to address knowledge gaps.
Research skills The Project and Essay Reports require exploration and synthesis of both technical and theoretical information.
Subject Specific Skills The module demands clear and directed focus on glaciology and techniques used in modern glaciological research.
Team work The Research Projects require team collaboration to plan and carry out the experimental exercises.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7