Module Identifier RS11510  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian Keirle  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours   50%  
  Assignment     50%  

Aims of the module
This module is aimed at students with no previous knowledge of physical geography and seeks to develop an understanding of the processes that have combined together through time to create the landscape we see today. Geological processes and the rocks they form create a base upon which the geomorphological component of the course is taught. Weathering, pedology, glaciation, periglaciation, and fluvial processes lead into a study of the components of the hydrological cycle. Throughout the module the links between the physical landscape and human activities are emphasised.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

Syllabus / Curriculum design
Igneous rocks; sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; superposition/succession; plate tectonics; geomorphological weathering and coastal processes; glacial erosion, deposition and periglaciation; hydrological processes; processes involved in soil development; weather and climate.

Reading Lists
Clowes A & Comfort P. (1987) Process and Landform, Conceptual Frameworks in Geography.
Montgomery C W. (1995) Environmental Geology.
Simpson K. (1983) Soil.
Skinner B J & Porter S. (1992) The Dynamic Earth.