|Module Title||PHYSICAL ANALYSIS OF MATERIALS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Paul Brewer|
|Other staff||Dr Neil Glasser|
|Pre-Requisite||GG10610 Only available to 2nd year intending honours geographers and environmental scientists in the second year of their degrees.|
|Course delivery||Practicals / Field Days||30 Hours 10 x 3 hours (4 practicals involving field sampling)|
Module Outline (Lecture Themes)
This practical module provides instruction in the laboratory methods of the analysis of natural materials. All stages of sediment analysis are included in this course, from field sampling to sample preparation, analysis and interpretation. Both coarse and fine fraction sediment analysis techniques are utilised to discriminate between the sediments sampled from different environments of deposition. Three practicals, towards the end of the course, are devoted to further sediment sampling and analysis techniques. The following practical timetable is planned for this module:
In the interests of safety, all students will be required to purchase a laboratory coat for use during the practical classes.
To furnish students with sampling, interpretational and analytical skills, permitting them to analyse natural materials.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students:
1. Will have a training in safe laboratory procedures.
2. Will be proficient in the appropriate sampling and analytical procedures for a variety of sediments.
3. Will be able to interpret sediments from a variety of depositional environments.
Dackombe, R.V. and Gardiner, V.. (1983) Geomorphological Field Manual. Allen & Unwin
Goudie, A.. (1990) Geomorphological Techniques. Unwin Hyman