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GG2011   Geographies of Global Change

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 8

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 9.00 am Mon - Fri, other classes: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm or 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Mon

Geography is the study of the world around us, and how it is changing and has changed. The module encourages students to think 'geographically' about particular physical and human dimensions of global change: environmental, atmospheric, hydrological, geomorphological and palaeoecological change; and demographic and economic change. These geographical themes will be framed by a discussion of the nature and evolution of geography as a discipline, and how thinking 'geographically' involves understanding the operation of and interactions between complex bio-physical and social processes. The module explores how the geographer views such processes through the conceptual lenses of time, space, context, scale and variation, and using field, laboratory and model-based methods. Classroom instruction is complemented by lab work which develops key skills in cartography and Geographic Information Science.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GG1001 and pass GG1002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 4 lectures (x 10 weeks), 4 x 1 hour tutorials, 1 x 8 hours fieldtrip, 2 x 2 hour practicals during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 56

Guided independent study hours: 244

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Practical Examination = 15%, Coursework = 45%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 15%
Coursework: 45%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr D McCollum
Module teaching staff: Team taught