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Module

GEO1020 : Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Andrew Russell
  • Lecturer: Dr Anne-Sophie Meriaux, Dr Tom Robinson, Professor Darrel Maddy, Dr Neil Ross
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Rationale:

Physical Geography is a fundamental component of Geography. Understanding of the Physical Environment is essential for all Geographies as it underpins environmental management and gives essential context to, and widens our understanding of, patterns of human activity. Physical Geographical knowledge informs human interactions with a changing and dynamic environment. This module provides a ‘spring-board’ for more specialised Physical Geography modules in stages 2 & 3.

Aim: to provide an introduction to Physical Geography.

Specific aims:
(1) To provide an introduction to the development of Physical Geography
(2) To provide an introduction to the methods and approaches employed in Physical Geographical investigation.
(3) To provide an introduction to the Earth’s major physical systems with a focus on the lithosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
(4) To provide understanding of the causes of change within these systems over a range of timescales.
(5) To provide an understanding of the relationship between physical processes and resulting landforms and landscapes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Physical Geography
Atmospheric processes
The Catchment System
Weathering & Soils
The Hillslope System
Fluvial processes and forms
The cryosphere system
The changing Arctic cryosphere
Glaciology
Ice sheets and sea level rise
Past glaciation
Plate Tectonics, Large Scale Topography & Geologic Time
Volcanoes
Tectonic Geomorphology
Stress and Strain
Earthquake Processes
Earthquake Hazards
Coseismic Processes
Introduction to the Quaternary
Quaternary: A view from the oceans
Quaternary: A view from the ice-sheets
Quaternary: A view from the continents

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials211:0021:00pre-recorded lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1119:00119:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities54:0020:00Asynchronous Structured Guided Learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00Synchronous online teaching
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide an overview of the principals of Physical Geography across a range of environments.

Guided independent activities will allow students to enhance their learning by engaging with a number of interactive websites and databases. Students will engage with physical geographical landscapes and themes via directed activities using photos and videos.

Timetabled Q & A sessions will allow the students to discuss the content of each block of teaching thereby consolidating their learning.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M301200 words
Essay2M301200 words
Computer assessment1M10Canvas Test
Computer assessment1M10Canvas Test
Computer assessment2M10Canvas Test
Computer assessment2M10Canvas Test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Computer-based assessments will test understanding of concepts and techniques introduced in the lectures and supported by independent reading.

Essays will test students independent research and written presentation skills in addressing a physical geography question.

Reading Lists

Timetable