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GG3100 Reconstructing Past Environments

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Available every year.
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Wed

This module focuses on how we can use many strands of evidence to reconstruct past environments. Focusing on the period since the end of the last Ice Age (approximately the last 20,000 years), we discuss topics such as post-glacial sea level change, Holocene vegetation development and the prehistoric 'wildwood', and the changing nature of human impacts on the environment right up to the present day. The module includes field excursions and laboratory classes where you will learn to read the record of change locked up in peats, sediments and other environmental materials. Assessment includes a broad mixture of group and individual coursework, focused on using primary observations to understand how our world has changed over time.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):(GG2011 and GG2012) or (SD2001 and SD2002)

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture (x 4 weeks) , 2-hour seminar (x 5 weeks), 2-hour practical classes (x 3 weeks), 4-hours fieldwork (x 3 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 32
  • Guided independent study: 168

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 30%
  • Coursework: 70%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework (including 30% Lab/fieldwork) = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr K Roucoux
Module teaching staff:Various