Module Identifier RS14020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian P Keirle  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   36 Hours 36 x 1 hour lectures  
  Other   12 Hours 4 x 3 hour visits  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment Outcomes assessed: 4, 5  50%
Supplementary Assessment1.5 Hours Examination  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of geological processes.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of geomorphological processes.
3. Describe the changing nature of climatic and environmental conditions of an area, over time.
4. Describe and understand the historical development of a given landscape, and its relationship to economic, social and cultural change.
5. Describe the approaches that can be taken to archaeological research.


This module is concerned with developing an understanding of how the British landscape has developed over time. As such the module initially considers the influence of geological, geomorphological and hydrological processes in creating landform. The module also introduces the ways in which man has developed the British landscape over time by focussing on periods of invasion, settlement, development and change. Throughout the module the link between the physical landscape and human activities is emphasised.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
This will be developed by the assignment.

.2 IT and information handling
Students may use the internet as a resource to help them with their assignment.

.4 Writing in an academic context
The assignment will develop academic writing skills

.7 Self-management
Students will have to manage their own time in completing the assignment.

Reading Lists

Bermingham, A (1987) Landscape and Ideology: The English Rustic Tradition 1740-1869 Thames and Hudson
Clowes A & Comfort P (1987) Process and Landform, Conceptual Frameworks in Geography
Duff, D (1993) Holmes' principles of physical geography Chapman
Goudie, A (1990) The landforms of England and Wales Blackwell
Hart, J (1998) The rural landscape Johns Hopkins University Press
McGill, G (1995) Building the past: a guide to the archaeology and development processes E & F N Spon
Price, T (2000) Europe's first farmers Cambridge University Press
Rackham O (1997) The history of the countryside J M Dent
Skinner B J & Porter S (1995) The Dynamic Earth
Waugh, D (1995) Geography: an integrated approach Nelson


This module is at CQFW Level 4