Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Making the British Countryside
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 3 x 1 hour lectures per week (33 hours)
Other 2 x 5-6 hour field trips (11 hours)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Landscapes report.  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Short answer question paper.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Recognise, interpret and explain the common geological materials, structures and processes and their influence on the British landscape and human activities.

2. Recognise, interpret and explain the geomorphological processes responsible for creating features in the British landscape and describe the influence of these processes on human activities

3. Describe how the changing nature of climatic and environmental conditions over a range of timescales has influenced the geology and landscape of Britain.

4. Describe the human role in the development of the landscapes of Britain.

Brief description

This module considers the geological and geomorphological processes that have shaped the landscape and the ways in which it been modified by the actions of man. The module introduces the different rock types, geological structures and geomorphological processes that contribute to the geology of Britain and examines their influence on landscape character, natural habitats and agricultural systems. The economic value and industrial uses of the different rock types is considered along with their influence on features such as settlement patterns and communications. A basic understanding of plate tectonics and earth history, particularly in relation to the development of the British Isles will be provided. The module also introduces the ways in which man has interacted with, and helped shape, the British landscape over time by focusing on periods of invasion, settlement, development and change. Factors influencing land use change and the evolution of landscape features are identified and brought into the present day context.


Tectonics. Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; their formation, types, structures, uses and influence on landscapes. Geological time and history. Folds and faults. Mass wasting. Weathering and erosion. The hydrological cycle and rivers. Glaciation. Coastlines. Weather and climate. The present as the key to the past.

Prehistoric to Roman Britain. Saxons to Medieval Britain. Agriculture through the ages. Industrial revolution and modern Britain. E vidence contained within landscapes for their evolution over time.

Throughout the module the emphasis will be on how these geological and historical processes and events have contributed to the range of landscapes present in Britain and how they have influenced subsequent human activities and management of the countryside.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication The report provides an opportunity, early in the student's university course, to practise utlilising and presenting material from a range of media (written, maps, aerial photographs etc.)
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology The report provides an opportunity, early in the student’s university course, to practise utlilising and presenting material from a range of media (written, maps, aerial photographs etc.). Training will be given in acquiring material from sources such as Digimap and Google Earth.
Research skills The report requires collection of material from a diverse range of sources.

Reading List

General Text
(2000.) The English rural landscape /edited by Joan Thirsk. Oxford University Press Primo search (2003.) The archaeology of the Welsh Uplands /edited by David Browne & Stephen Hughes. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Primo search Goudie, A (1990) The landforms of England and Wales Blackwell Primo search Press, Frank. (2004.) Understanding earth /Frank Press ... [et al.]. 4th ed. W.H. Freeman Primo search Rackham, Oliver. (1997.) The illustrated history of the countryside /with commissioned photographs by Tom Mackie. Phoenix Primo search Skinner B J & Porter S (1995) The Dynamic Earth Wiley Primo search Toghill, Peter. (2000 (various p) The Geology of Britain :an introduction /Peter Toghill. Airlife Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4