Module Identifier RS11510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian Keirle  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment Assignment     50%  
  Exam   1.5 Hours   50%  

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

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.

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.