This module aims to provide a practical introduction to some of the field, laboratory and analytical techniques (including the use of mobile technologies) required to investigate forms, patterns and processes in the physical environment. Field data will be collected on campus and within easy distance of the University. Data will also be extracted from secondary sources (e.g. maps) and generated by laboratory experimentation. These data form the basis for group project work focused on mapping systems, meteorology and biogeography. These group exercises are supported by a series of introductory lectures covering: scientific approaches to geographical enquiry, experimental design, field instruments and techniques, measurement accuracy and precision, and interpretation and analysis of field data. This course forms a good foundation for all Year 2 and 3 physical geography modules.
Rolling programme of three practical exercises prefaced by introductory lectures; supported by a programme of directed reading, interactive DVD, WebCT resources, computer classes and postgraduate help surgeries.