Module Identifier RD10120  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian P Keirle  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Other   4 x 3 hour visits  
  Lecture   3 x 1 hour lectures per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Assignment Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  50%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment  50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours  50%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Recognise and explain the geological processes that have created the landscape
Performance criteria:
a. A knowledge of geological processes is demonstrated
b. A knowledge of the nature of different rocks is demonstrated
c. An awareness of theeffects of geology on the landscape is demonstrated
Rocks: sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic
Nature of rocks: hard, soft, chemical properties, crystal structure
Landscape: relative hadness/softness of rock, effects of folding and faulting

Outcome 2
Recognise and explain the geomorphological processes responsible for creating landscape features
Performance criteria:
a. A knowledge of the geomorphological processes involved in erosion and the resultant geomorphological
   features is demonstrated.
b. A knowledge of depositional processes and the resulting geomorphological features is demonstrated.
c. A knowledge of the importance of transport to the formation of geomorphological features is demonstrated.
Erosion: Glacial, fluvial, marine,
Deposition: Glacial, fluvial, marine,
Transport: Glacial, fluvial, marine,

Outcome 3
Understand the changing nature of climatic and environmental conditions over time
Performance criteria:
a. An awareness of the changing climatic conditions over time is demonstrated.
b. An awareness of the effects of environmental conditions on landforms is demonstrated.
Climate: Glacial, interglacial, present day.
Environmental conditions: Sea level change, temperature, altitude, precipitation.

Outcome 4
Describe the historical development of a given landscape
Performance criteria
a. Identify the event/civilisation that created the feature/landscape and describe its original purpose.
b. Describe the components of the feature/landscape
c. Describe the visual impact and importance of the feature/landscape.
Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages, Roman, Saxon, Norman, medieval and recent
Prominence, visibility, unobtrusive, covered, rarity, abundance

Brief description

This module considers the geological and geomorphological processes that have shaped the landscape and the ways in which man has modified it. The module starts by considering geological processes and the influence that the differing rock types have on the landscape. Upon this foundation the ways in which geomorphological and hydrological processes modify the geology to create landform is detailed,   Throughout the module the link between the physical landscape and human activities is emphasised. Having considered how the landscape has been physically shaped, the influence of man is detailed. This aspect of the module introduces the ways in which man has developed the British landscape over time by focussing on periods of invasion, settlement, development and change. Land use changes and the introduction of landscape features are identified and brought into the present day context. The role of information sources and archaeology in the preservation of these fossilised features and landscapes are also considered.


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 considers 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.

Module Skills

Communication Written work for the assignment  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will have to manage their own time in developing their assignment.  
Information Technology Students may use the internet as a resource to help them with their assignments  

Reading Lists

** General Text
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 Wiley
Waugh, D (1995) Geography: an integrated approach Nelson


This module is at CQFW Level 4