Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 Hours (9 x 2hrs)
Seminars / Tutorials 4 Hours (Week 10)
Practical 8 Hours (4 x 2hrs) - Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Extended Essay 3,500 words.  50%
Semester Assessment Conference-Style Poster  20%
Semester Assessment Written Group Research Proposal  20%
Semester Assessment Oral Group Research Presentation  10%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed components  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate and define the concept of palaeoglaciology and its global and scientific significance

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of palaeoglaciology and the fundamentals of ice sheet reconstruction

3. Identify key glacial landforms and their palaeoglaciological significance

4. Assess the landforms and sedimentary criteria applicable to interpreting Quaternary and older glacial successions

5. Evaluate the full range of glacier types and thermal regimes of former ice sheets

Brief description

The module will first introduce the students to the fundamentals of palaeoglaciology and the nature of the evidence from which former ice sheets may be reconstructed. Subsequent lectures will provide students with the full details of this evidence and explain how existing and former glaciers and their sedimentary products can be researched and interpreted.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Designing poster presentation; producing and delivering oral seminar presentation; writing extended essay
Improving own Learning and Performance Researching, reading and synthesizing of literature for extended essay; time management skills; oral and written communication skills
Information Technology Producing poster presentation (PowerPoint); producing seminar presentation and visual aids (PowerPoint)
Problem solving Defining and designing poster presentation; producing seminar presentation
Research skills Defining and designing poster presentation; researching and writing extended essay; producing seminar presentation
Subject Specific Skills Increase in geographical and geological knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues in glaciology and palaeoglaciology

Reading List

Recommended Text
Benn, D.I. and Evans, D.J.A. (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation Arnold, London Primo search Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F. (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms John Wiley, Chichester Primo search Dowdeswell, J.A. & O'Cofaigh, C. (ed) (1990) Glacier influenced Sedimentation on high-latitude continental margins, Geological Society Special Publication Primo search Hambrey, M.J. (1994) Glacial Environments UCL Press Primo search Hambrey, M.J. and Alean, J. (2004) Glaciers Cambridge University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6