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GG3100   Reconstructing Past Environments

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GG2011 and pass GG2012

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)

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 168

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework (including 30% Lab/fieldwork) = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 30%
Coursework: 70%

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


Module coordinator: Dr K H Roucoux
Module teaching staff: Various