Module Identifier GG21510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul Brewer  
Semester Semester 1  
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)  
Assessment In-course assessment     20%  
  Laboratory report     80%  

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.

Module Aims

To furnish students with sampling, interpretational and analytical skills, permitting them to analyse natural materials.

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.

Reading Lists

Dackombe, R.V. and Gardiner, V.. (1983) Geomorphological Field Manual. Allen & Unwin
Goudie, A.. (1990) Geomorphological Techniques. Unwin Hyman