Field and Laboratory Techniques for Physical Geographers (BSc, BSc Phys)

Module code: GY1433

In this module you'll start to get to grips with the practicalities of being a physical geographer. Through a mixture of laboratory practicals, Leicester-based fieldwork and a residential fieldclass in Devon, you'll learn a range of techniques for observing, measuring and monitoring the physical environment. There will be a particular focus on reporting and communicating geographical data in a range of formats, including public presentations and formal scientific reports.

You'll work individually and in teams to explore these methods and other geographical concepts. Throughout the module you'll need to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your individual and team approaches, reflecting on your skills development and transferable skills portfolio.

Topics covered

  • Sedimentology
  • Water quality
  • Surveying
  • Estimates of biomass and soil carbon stocks
  • Assessments of biodiversity and ecological surveying
  • Appropriate presentation and statistical analysis of numerical data

Learning

  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 40 hours of fieldwork
  • 3 hours of project supervision
  • 6 hours of supervised time in workshop
  • 77 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Basic laboratory practical report (10%)
  • Advanced laboratory practical report (20%)
  • Fieldwork practical report (20%)
  • Field data analysis (20%)
  • Presentation and reflective notes on group work (30%)