GV334-Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Steve Gurney

Email: s.d.gurney@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The basic processes and characteristics of the cryosphere including glacial ice and permafrost will be explored. Specific investigations of Scandinavian ice masses and Canadian permafrost and periglacial processes will be undertaken.

Aims:
This module aims to provide an understanding of the extent and the importance of the cryosphere. The processes and products of specific glacial and periglacial environments will be explored in detail, using case studies where appropriate.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this Module it is expected that a student will be able to:

• Outline and explain the key characteristics of the cryosphere
• Understand the formation, thermal regime and mechanics of glaciers
• Assess the role of glaciers as geomorphological agents
• Assess the science behind a range of periglacial processes and products in both arctic and alpine environments
• Discuss specific examples of glacial and periglacial processes and products from northern Canada and northern Norway

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage oral presentation skills, essay writing and the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard). These skills will be developed largely through the seminar presentations and group discussion. Students will also develop their IT skills through Word Processing of an extended essay, data gathering using the internet and the use of on-line discussion forums (in Blackboard).

Outline content:
The basic processes and characteristics of the cryosphere including glacial ice and permafrost will be explored. Specific investigations of Scandinavian ice masses and Canadian permafrost and periglacial processes will be undertaken. There will be lectures on the following topics: glacier mechanics and glacial geomorphology, glacial transport and deposition, The Neoglacial in north-west Europe and especially Norway, the term ‘periglacial’, an introduction to permafrost and the processes and products of the periglacial realm.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Three hours per week to include lectures, discussion sessions and group seminar presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 23
Seminars 7
Guided independent study 170
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will write an extended essay (2,500 words) and give a seminar presentation as part of a team (20 minutes).

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)

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.

    Length of examination:
    One, 2 hour paper

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The resit will be an examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    4) Printing and binding:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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