- Dr Robert Bingham (Reader - University of Edinburgh)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||4 x 2 Hour Practicals|
|Lecture||4 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Project 1 - 2000 word report concerning contemporary ice-mass response to environmental change.||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Project 2 - 2500 word report fieldwork report examining the behavior of the British-Irish Ice Sheet at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum.||40%|
|Semester Assessment||25-minute individual seminar presentation that covers a topic linking glacial processes to their geomorphological or geological products||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of failed assignments - project 1 Resubmit failed elements of coursework.||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of failed assignments - project 2 Resubmit failed elements of coursework.||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of failed assignments - presentation Resubmit failed elements of coursework.||30%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
* Interpret surface features and processes on contemporary glaciers and ice sheets, such as those related to ice dynamics and hydrology, using remote sensing datasets.
* Interpret the sediment/landform associations in recently deglacierised areas in the Quaternary record.
* Apply sedimentological principles to the analysis and interpretation of glacigenic sediments, irrespective of age.
*Demonstrate field skills in sedimentological logging and landform interpretation.
* Synthesise information from peer-reviewed journal articles and other scientific literature on a glacial geological/geomorphological topic, and appropriately communicate this to others.
2. To outline and exemplify a range of methods used in glaciology research and the wider Earth science sector.
3. To develop effective team working skills.
4. To enhance scientific communication skills.
Week 2 – Computer practical 1 – acquiring and manipulating satellite data (3 hrs).
Week 3 – Computer practical 2 – structural mapping (3 hrs).
Week 4 – Computer practical 3 – interpretation of ice-shelf structures (3 hrs).
Week 5 – Fieldwork preparatory session (2 hrs).
Week 6 – Fieldwork – UK based (full day).
Week 7 – Fieldwork follow-up session (2 hrs).
Week 8 – Student-led seminar 1 (2 hrs).
Week 9 – Student-led seminar 2 (2 hrs).
Week 10 – Open discussion session (2 hrs)
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will undertake numerical analysis in some of the sessions.|
|Communication||Communication assessed through written reports and via a student-led seminar.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Researching, reading and synthesizing of literature for all assessed components; time management skills; oral and written communication skills; team work and peer review.|
|Information Technology||Producing and delivering seminar presentation (PowerPoint); use of ArcGIS; submission of documents via Blackboard (eLearning).|
|Personal Development and Career planning||A range of transferable skills will be developed vocationally during this module.|
|Problem solving||Projects 1 uses remotely-sensed data to resolve issues relating to glacier dynamics and environmental change. Project 2 requires students to consider and evaluate issues relating to the glacial history of an area.|
|Research skills||Each assessment requires background knowledge supported by contemporary and classic literature.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Increase in geographical and geological knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues in glaciology and palaeoglaciology.|
|Team work||Collecting data on fieldwork.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7