Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO2037 : Ireland Fieldtrip

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Henderson
  • Lecturer: Dr Andy Large, Dr Ian Stevens
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Code Title
GEO2137Key Methods for Physical Geographers
Co Requisite Comment



1. To give the student advanced first-hand experience of active geomorphological processes within a dynamic environment.

2. To build on the experience of GEO2137(Key Methods in Physical Geography) and other Stage 2 modules by developing advanced skills in the observation, recording and interpretation of geomorphological processes. To further extend and enhance understanding of land-forming processes and landform evolution.

3. To provide a broader context for palaeoenvironmental and applied physical geography modules available in the wider FH82 and F800 curriculum.

4. To allow the student to develop, more fully, the links between literature based knowledge and field - based research. This will help students to develop a realistic and critical perspective on the practicalities and limitations of field research.

Outline Of Syllabus

Staff-led field days introduce, develop and illustrate the environmental history of the study area and the key geomorphological concepts relevant to the field course

Field work provides opportunities for student led design and planning of geomorphological research as teams of 4-5 students, and to collect data

Training in fieldwork techniques and assistance in project design will be available from staff

The module will consist of a 9-day field visit to Ireland. Four 2 hour preparatory sessions will introduce the background to the chosen area of geomorphology and outline the structure of the field visit. Four fieldtrip days will be staff-led introducing aspects of geomorphological processes within the study areas. Four days will be devoted to group project activity, designed and enacted by small student groups. A final day will be devoted to student preparation of project oral presentations. Data collected on the fieldtrip will then form the basis of individual project write-ups.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       Introduction to mechanisms and hypotheses pertaining to landscape and landform evolution using field observations backed up by reference to published literature.
2.       Ability to utilize and critically evaluate geomorphological techniques used in environmental description and interpretation.
3.       Capacity to synthesize, and reflect on, data and material from both field-based and literature-based sources and also insights as to critique these findings.

Ability to abstract and synthesise environmental, ecological and geomorphological information from literature-based sources and to merge these with your own field observations to draw critical and informed conclusions.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. ability to abstract and synthesize environmental and geomorphological material from both field-based and literature-based sources.

2. ability to collect, interpret and critically evaluate geomorphological and biological data within the context of study area landform processes and evolution

3. ability to plan and execute geomorphological fieldwork as a part of a team and in unfamiliar surroundings.

4. ability to report and present field research both orally and as written reports.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork98:0072:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures and staff-led field days introduce, develop and illustrate the environmental history of the study area and the key geomorphological concepts relevant to the field course.
2. Fieldwork provides opportunities for student-led design and planning of geomorphological research as teams of 3-4 students and to collect data. Training in fieldwork techniques and assistance in project design will be available from staff.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M25Group presentation. To be scheduled by School.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M75Individual field practical write-up (3,000words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. Coursework provides an opportunity to (i) synthesize, interpret and critically evaluate a wide range of literature and primary and secondary data concerning geomorphological processes and environmental change in the study area and (ii) demonstrate the capacity to communicate concisely and effectively in writing and through graphical presentations and to report scientific research in an appropriate manner.

2. Field presentations provide an opportunity, within the context of group exercises, to present the initial results of fieldwork, the geomorphological context of the projects and to reflect on the developments and execution of small- scale research projects conducted in unfamiliar surroundings.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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