GEO2136 : Global Environmental Change
GEO2136 : Global Environmental Change
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Louise Callard
- Lecturer: Dr Christine Batchelor, Dr Mark Kincey
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
• To develop an understanding of global environmental change during the Quaternary.
• To develop an awareness of geological time and the evolution of the Earth's natural systems.
• To understand how natural system change is deciphered using the tools of modern science for palaeoenvironmental investigation.
• To provide broad grounding in knowledge and skills necessary for Stage 3 modules palaeoenvironmental modules and dissertations.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will be delivered by means of lectures and practical sessions. Lectures will deliver the knowledge base while practicals with give hands-on experience of a range of proxies useful in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and in the analysis of geochronological and palaeoenvironmental datasets.
Themes explored in the module include:
• Introduction to the Pleistocene: Establishing a broad global framework using isotopic records from the oceans.
• Ice-core proxies and millennial-scale change.
• Establishing land-ocean correlation: An introduction to geochronology.
• Continental Records: Interpreting the sedimentary record of the “Cold Stages”.
• Continental Records: Interpreting the palaeoecological records of the “Warm Stages”.
• Reconstructing Environmental Change during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition
• Introduction to the Holocene: climate, environment, human development and impacts.
• Proxy records of Holocene environmental change.
• Early Holocene climate and environmental change: LG-Holocene transition, vegetation change and sea- levels, human adaptation during the Mesolithic.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
At the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate:
• A basic understanding of how our climate and natural systems operate and how they change through time.
• The ability to infer past (Quaternary to Recent) environmental change by analysing physical, biological and chemical data derived from sedimentary records.
• Ability to identify appropriate analytical methods and data interrogation in relation to modern environments and Quaternary samples and datasets
Intended Skill Outcomes
At the end of this module you will have the:
• Ability to apply appropriate methodology to palaeoenvironmental investigation.
• Ability analyse palaeoenvironmental datasets.
• Ability to present conclusions based upon data analysis.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||137:00||137:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||5||2:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||1 scheduled online and 2 pip|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Any attempt at successful reconstruction of Quaternary environments requires proficient practical skills surrounding the range of methods employed, underpinned by a significant academic knowledge base which addresses the theory behind the methods and awareness of the wider conceptual and theoretical issues. Here we consider it essential to assess all these elements and to place equal weighting on the practical and more academic skills. The practical / coursework portfolios will assess technical skills including data production and analysis together with the more theoretical and conceptual aspects of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||50||Individual practical portfolio (2000 words)|
|Essay||2||M||50||Coursework essay (2000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
We consider it essential to assess all elements of the module and to place equal weighting on the practical and academic skills. The Practical portfolio will assess technical skills including data production and analysis while the essay will assess the more academic theoretical and conceptual aspects of environmental change during the Quaternary.
The format of resits are determined by the Board of Examiners.
Past Exam Papers
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