|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||4 x 3 Hour Practicals|
|Lecture||4 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Field Trip||1 x 9 Hour Field Trip|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Individual Fieldwork Report 2500 words||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Individual Scientific Poster Presentation A3 poster||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Public Outreach Display (Group)||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Individual Fieldwork Report 2500 words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Individual Public Outreach Infographic In lieu of Public Outreach Display (Group). 1500 words.||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Individual Scientific Poster Presentation A3 poster||20%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Characterise fundamental ice sheet processes in contemporary and palaeo- environments.
2. Identify and discuss the relationships between the cryosphere, the atmosphere and oceanic systems in contemporary and palaeo-environments.
3. Undertake collection, analysis and interpretation of sediments of glacial origin with respect to the Last Glacial Maximum in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
4. Identify and describe palaeo-glacial landscapes and interpret former ice-sheet processes.
In “The Great Ice Sheets” students will explore the fundamental theories of ice-sheet processes and their products in both contemporary and former environments, supported by cutting-edge, research-led case studies. This module focuses on major ice sheet processes, their products and their significance. The module is delivered through a variety of interactive lectures, computer and laboratory practicals, and a field course (1 day trip along the Welsh coast).
Timescales of major glaciations
Ancient glaciations and Snowball Earth
Dynamics of contemporary ice sheets
Attributes of former ice sheets
Ice-sheet reconstruction from landform evidence
Process reconstruction from glacial sediments
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will: Plan and carry out research, produce academically appropriate reports and scientific posters, and evaluate research methods and procedures.|
|Communication||Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs, and barriers to learning: Students are to contribute to in-class discussions, take part in group-work activities, and in formative peer assessment activities to maximize their own learning.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will use a range of commonly used software packages, prepare and input data, manage and manipulate GIS, and present information and data effectively.|
|Information Technology||Students will: Identify factors which might influence potential solutions. Problem-solving skillsets developed during fieldwork activities, group work situations, and in laboratory and computer practicals.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||1. Academic Knowledge: Increase in geographical and geological knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues in glaciology and palaeoglaciology concerning ice-sheet scale processes. 2. Practical Skills: Developed during fieldwork activities and in laboratory and computer practicals.|
|Problem solving||Tackle problems involving number: Students will undertake some numerical analysis during the laboratory exercises and fieldwork report.|
|Research skills||Developed in all forms of assessment, and in-class learning. There are elements of academic and non-academic communication skills, including formal report writing and development of an interactive outreach display.|
|Subject Specific Skills|
|Team work||Students will develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course/career progression, benefitting from a variety of assessments and in-class activities. A range of transferable skills will be developed vocationally during this module. Students’ CVs will be enhanced by taking part in a public outreach event.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6