|Delivery length / details
|5 x 9 Hour Practicals
|11 x 3 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Project Report 1 Up to 1500 words
|Project Report 2 Up to 1500 words
|Project Report 3 Up to 1500 words
|Essay Up to 2,000 words
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.
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.
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.
|Application of Number
|All projects require quantitative data analysis.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|The Research Projects require team collaboration to plan and carry out the experimental exercises.
This module is at CQFW Level 7