Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Alison Macleod

Email: alison.macleod@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module provides an overview of the basics of geomorphology, that is, the processes and landforms which operate upon and make up, the surface of the Earth. It is designed to give a solid foundation for first year physical geographers and environmental scientists, but it will also benefit all those who are simply interested in knowing more about the surface morphology of our wonderful planet.

This module is designed to provide the basis for an understanding of global geomorphology, that is, the study of landforms and the processes that shape them. Upon successful completion students will be able to tackle more advanced geomorphology modules (both theoretical and applied).

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to: * Provide a reasoned account of the nature and variety of geomorphological form and process * Give a detailed explanation of geomorphological processes in a variety of environments * Critically evaluate different approaches to geomorphological investigation.

Additional outcomes:
Students will have their geomorphological knowledge tested at the end of the term via a 'class test' which will consist of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions. This will help to secure their knowledge and highlight areas where further reading/revision are required. It will also help to develop their ability to think quickly.

Outline content:
The topics covered in geomorphology will include an introduction, weathering geomorphology, sediments, hillslope geomorphology, fluvial geomorphology, karst geomorphology, aeolian geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, glacial geomorphology, periglacial geomorphology, mountain geomorphology, tropical geomorphology, Quaternary geomorphology, Planetary geomorphology and the geomorphology of New Zealand.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Sixteen hours of lectures, a class test (based on multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions) and an examination preparation/revision session.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hour paper

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
A 1.5 hour exam in August/September. The resit mark will be the resit written exam mark (100%) or the written exam mark (70%) and the continuously assessed mark (30%), whichever is the higher.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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