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BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical Geography) Stage One Compulsory Modules Geographical Techniques Introduces key skills and methods used in geographical research including survey design, map design, data collection and manipulation and research design. Introducing Human Geographies Introduces key issues and debates within human geography, familiarising you with the key terminology that will be used. This module includes UK-based residential fieldwork to introduce you to features in geographical research such as scale, space, place, social relations and human-environment interactions. Learning for Sustainable Development Examines the importance of economic, social and environmental sustainability in the 21st Century. In this module, you will utilise a combination of classes, fieldwork and projects to evaluate sustainability at an individual, local, national and global scale. Principles of Physical Geography Introduces the study of the physical environment. You will examine processes that affect the atmosphere, the solid Earth and the Earth's surface as well as the ways in which these processes interact to produce environments and landscapes. Optional Modules: Fundamentals of Environmental Science Explores the physical, chemical and biological concepts and principles relevant for a scientific approach to the study of the environment. This is supplemented with field and laboratory work that furthers the skills needed to plan, conduct and report investigations as well as the use of appropriate techniques used for collecting, recording and analysing data. Introduction to Ecology Introduces and explores basic ecological concepts and principles focussing on individuals, populations as well as interactions between species, communities and ecosystems. Stage Two Compulsory Modules Physical Geography Practical Develops a range of practical skills during a series of group and individual projects undertaken locally and nationally to prepare for your independent research project during Stage three. Research Methods Provides you with the skills necessary to carry out your independent research during Stage three. You will be introduced to research methodology, basic statistical techniques, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and research design. Optional Modules: Biogeography Introduces the concept of biogeography to understand the spatial patterns of biodiversity. You will examine the geographical distribution of plants and animals, including the factors that affect spatial variations and which cause changes over time. Geomorphology Equips you with the skills and awareness of how the scientific discipline of geomorphology has developed and how geomorphological concepts can be applied to assist in solving environmental problems. Past Environments Explores the nature of past environments from an understanding of available geological, palaeoenvironmental and historical evidence. You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret past environments and understand environmental change. Transport Geography Outlines the principles of transport geography and examines the importance to the economic and social systems in which we live. Using case studies we explore the highly topical issues related to mobility that have changed over the last century. USA Field Module A preparatory seminar programme introduces the field location and the key geographic of physical geography, tourism and resource management. The 12 day field trip then visits a number of locations in the South West of the United States. Weather and Climate Examines atmospheric processes at a number of scales from regional to global. You will develop a knowledge of the nature of mid-latitude (UK) meteorology and an understanding of the processes that are relevant to weather forecasting and other environmental applications. In addition we explore tropical meteorological systems (such as monsoons) and the role of oceans. Stage Three Compulsory Modules: Geographers at Work Examines the role of field research and the value of geographical skills in the workplace. You will examine the role of Geography in informing decision-making in a local environment. Physical Geography Dissertation You will undertake an independent investigation in a specific area of interest and communicate your findings in a written dissertation. Optional Modules Climate and Society Examines contested topics at the interface between climate science and society as a whole. We explore the influence of scientists, government, the media and the public in finding acceptable solutions to the climate change problem. Drylands Environments 1 Reviews the climatic, hydrological and geomorphological processes operating in the world's deserts and considers the distinctive hazards posed by these environments. Drylands Environments 2 (Field Module) Provides a thorough overview of the processes which operate in the drylands and their impact upon human activities. This module focuses on a period of residential fieldwork during which you will develop skills associated with field investigation, data acquisition, analysis and presentation. Sustainable Development: Land Use and Planning Introduces social, economic and environmental issues associated with land use and development in both rural and urban areas. Techniques for landscape assessment and evaluation will be discussed as well as the effectiveness of planning policies and legislation that are aimed at facilitating sustainable development. Understanding Change in the Physical Environment Develops your understanding of the fundamental principles underlying mechanisms of change in the physical environment. Water Resource Management Examines the effectiveness of various sustainable water management strategies from around the world, the problems associated with water resources and what appropriate responses could or should be.