Module Identifier GG33920  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Michael J Hambrey  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Neil F Glasser, Dr Poul Christoffersen, Samuel J Clemmens  
Pre-Requisite GG23910  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Poster presentation20%
Semester Assessment Extended essay 3,500 words.50%
Semester Assessment Seminar presentation20%
Semester Assessment Poster abstract10%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Evaluate and define the concept of palaeoglaciology and its global and scientific significance

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of palaeoglaciology and the fundamentals of ice sheet reconstruction

3. Identify key glacial landforms and their palaeoglaciological significance

4. Assess the landforms and sedimentary criteria applicable to interpreting Quaternary and older glacial successions

5. Evaluate the full range of glacier types and thermal regimes of former ice sheets

6. Demonstrate knowledge of the complexity of processes operating in a range of glacial environments

7. Appreciate the role of palaeoglaciology in ice mass reconstruction

8. Synthesize relevant literature, and produce a high-quality written report outlining a current scientific debate in palaeoglaciology

9. Design and produce a conference-style poster on a palaeoglaciology topic

10. Give an oral presentation explaining the aims, content and design of a poster

Brief description

The module will first introduce the students to the fundamentals of palaeoglaciology and the nature of the evidence from which former ice sheets may be reconstructed. Subsequent lectures will provide students with the full details of this evidence and explain how existing and former glaciers and their sedimentary products can be researched and interpreted.


Module Skills

Problem_solving Defining and designing poster presentation; producing seminar presentation  
Research skills Defining and designing poster presentation; researching and writing extended essay; producing seminar presentation  
Communication Designing poster presentation; producing and delivering oral seminar presentation; writing extended essay  
Improving own Learning and Performance Researching, reading and synthesizing of literature for extended essay; time management skills; oral and written communication skills  
Information Technology Producing poster presentation (PowerPoint); producing seminar presentation and visual aids (PowerPoint)  
Subject Specific Skills Increase in geographical and geological knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues in glaciology and palaeoglaciology  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Benn, D.I. and Evans, D.J.A. (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation Arnold, London
Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F. (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms John Wiley, Chichester
Dowdeswell, J.A. & O'Cofaigh, C. (ed) (1990) Glacier influenced Sedimentation on high-latitude continental margins, Geological Society Special Publication
Hambrey, M.J. (1994) Glacial Environments UCL Press
Hambrey, M.J. and Alean, J. (2004) Glaciers Cambridge University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6