Module Identifier ES20320  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Peter W Abrahams  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Sarah J Davies, Professor Tony Jones, Dr John Scullion  
Course delivery Practical   8 hours  
  Other   Fieldwork: 10 days  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment FIELDWORK REPORT 1,800 word report detailing fieldwork undertaken in Spain30%
Semester Assessment PRESENTATION Oral presentation based on field project in Spain20%
Semester Assessment REPORT 1,800 word report detailing work undertaken in Wales30%
Semester Assessment ASSIGNMENT Geographic survey assignment (1,800 words)20%
Supplementary Assessment RESUBMISSION Students who fail to attend the field course without good reason will not be permitted a resit. Students who attend the field course but fail the assessment will be given the opportunity to resubmit assessments for a maximum mark of 40%. Students whose reasons for failing to attend any component of the fieldwork are condoned will be permitted to submit an alternative form of assessment in place of the fieldwork.100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Apply a range of techniques to investigate environmental issues.
2. Undertake a basic environmental field survey and apply appropriate sampling strategies.
3. Identify the safety and logistical aspects of different types of fieldwork operations in environmental science.
4. Analyze data and present results of original field measurements in technically-sound reports and via oral presentations.
5. Describe the environmental issues facing Mediterranean societies and comment critically on differences with the UK.


An 8-day fieldtrip to north-east Spain. The topics covered in any particular year may vary slightly depending on staffing arrangements, but will normally include:

Four days of fieldwork in the mid-Wales area. Topics will normally include:

Practical classes will provide additional support for field activities. This will include follow-up laboratory work on samples collected in the field and sessions on preparation and writing up of field reports.

Brief description

A fieldwork module based both in mid-Wales and, to appreciate a number of environmental issues encountered abroad, an overseas excursion to the arid and mountainous terrain of north-eastern Spain. Overall, the module will provide the framework for gaining practical experience in environmental science. It will focus on the development of expertise in specific measurement/ identification techniques.

Module Skills

Problem solving The evaluation of environmental information and data.  
Research skills Field and practical surveying, observation, classification, measurement and dissemination of findings.  
Communication Both written and oral communication of field information will be developed via reports and discussion.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be responsible for their own taking of field notes, and will submit their individual field reports.  
Team work Field information and the interpretation of data will be obtained by teams of students. A team oral presentation will be assessed.  
Information Technology Written reports and literature/information searches to be undertaken electronically.  
Application of Number Where appropriate, students will be trained in statistical techniques to analyse their field data  
Subject Specific Skills Surveying in environmental science, observation, field and associated practical measurement of relevant variables.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Jones, A. et al. (2000) Practical Skills in Environmental Sciences Longman, Harlow


This module is at CQFW Level 5