Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 6 Hours. Seminar discussing field issues and techniques
Other 3-4 day residential field course


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group presentation  25%
Semester Assessment 3000 word individual field course report  75%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation marks to be carried forward. Resubmit failed elements of coursework. No resit available if student failed to attend the fieldtrip without documented and approved special circumstances.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1) Select and implement appropriate methodologies for the measurement, sampling and analysis of river systems parameters relevant to catchment managers.

2) Present and interpret data in a rigorous and technically-sound manner, both orally and in the form of a scientific report.

Brief description

This module is based on a 3-4 day residential field course to be held during weeks 2-6 of Semester one. This module aims to provide a technical framework for field-based studies of fluvial processes and management, and to facilitate the development of expertise in specific measurement, analytical and interpretation techniques. Through this module students will develop skills in the selection and implementation of appropriate methodologies for the measurement, sampling and analysis of fluvial processes, and be able to present and interpret data in a rigorous and technically-sound manner.


Themes covered include:-
  • Methodology for surveying river systems (e.g. geomorphological mapping, topographic surveys), river water and sediment sampling, and river corridor surveys.
  • Field course, probably to the Yorkshire Dales, examining contemporary fluvial processes, the effects of environmental change on river systems, river system contamination and data gathering.
  • Laboratory analysis of sediment samples, interpretation and presentation of the data collected in the field

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number * Manipulation and presentation of results
Communication * Reading from a variety of sources, academic, technical, public reports etc.. * Writing for different audiences, e.g. consultancy reports, academic essay * Group presentations
Improving own Learning and Performance * Time management
Information Technology * Use of GIS packages for presentation
Personal Development and Career planning * Develop an awareness of what skills are required by employers * Provide practical experience of some skills
Problem solving * Problem identification * Creative solutions * Lateral thinking * Evaluation of suitability and applicability of solutions
Research skills * Identify research questions * Plan and time manage research * Produce research reports
Subject Specific Skills * Appreciation of field examples of fluvial processes * Understanding of field based river management
Team work * Preparation of group work * Group dynamics ? self organization of tasks within the group * Playing an active part in group work

Reading List

Howard A & Macklin, M. G (1998) The Quaternary of the Eastern Yorkshire Dales: Field Guide. Quaternary research association, London. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7