GV2FCN-Geography & Environmental Science Field Class 3

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: GV2RTS Research Training for Geography & Environmental Science or GV2LCC Loddon Catchment Consultancy
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Nick Branch

Email: n.p.branch@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Field investigations are a fundamental part of human and physical geography. The field class is designed to introduce students to an integrated approach to field research drawing upon a range of methods and equipment for data gathering. It is planned that this field class will be based in Naples, Italy. Students will gain experience of analysing and presenting data and a number of themes will be explored including volcanism and geohazards, historical development of the landscape and economy, viticulture, coastal processes and pollution, and tourism.

The field class is designed to introduce students to the techniques and equipment required by human and physical geographers in the field.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•Collect, organise and analyse a range of types of field data.
•Describe and explain the fundamentals of geology and landscape evolution.
•Select and apply appropriate methods in the study of coastal geomorphology and water pollution, and evaluate the findings in the context of local tourism.
•Outline the key features of the volcanic history of the study area, and evaluate the findings with respect to the Naples evacuation plan.
•Apply appropriate techniques in the study of ecology and biodiversity.
•Select and apply appropriate methods in the study of Naples wine industry with particular emphasis on climate, soil quality and the economy.
•Evaluate the historical and archaeological data for the region with respect to geohazards and the impact upon human populations.
•Competently use maps and other navigation aids in the field.
•Recognise and demonstrate the importance of keeping a field notebook.
•Synthesise findings into a field report.

Additional outcomes:
Fieldwork necessitates teamwork and also requires a high level of ingenuity and tenacity. Students will begin to develop these skills through working in teams directly gathering field data. The analysis, interpretation and presentation of the field data acquired during each of the days will be conducted in the evening sessions.

Outline content:
The field class will comprise fieldwork with students divided into small, supervised groups. An overview of the geology and the main geomorphological features of the Naples area will be completed on a familiarisation day. Each subsequent day will be composed of data collection on a specific theme, including volcanism and geohazards, historical development of the landscape and economy, viticulture, coastal processes and pollution, and tourism. The evenings will involve data analysis and presentation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 5 days of work in the field. Students are required to complete field notebooks, and each evening there will be a short briefing to review the day’s work, and to introduce the following day’s programme. Students will be required to give a short team presentation each evening. Prior to departure, the students will attend preparatory sessions, and will be asked to write a short essay. Upon return, the students will attend tutorials to prepare them for writing their final report.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10
Tutorials 2
Fieldwork 70
Guided independent study 35 83
Total hours by term 45.00 155.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Report 80

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Evening oral presentations and class discussions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • 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 for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

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    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of all or some of the assignments or the setting and completion of an alternative assignment.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students will be required to contribute to the costs of travel, accommodation and food on the fieldclass. In 2016 this was less than £350.

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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