Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Ice Age Earth

Module L7029

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module examines the ways in which the Earth¿s environmental and climatic processes have changed during the recent Ice Ages ¿ approximately the last 2.6 million years. Students explore the physical, biological and chemical evidence for these past changes using a range of different records (including ocean sediments, ice cores, stable isotopes and fossil plants and insects) and couple this with an assessment of natural forcing mechanisms, geological dating techniques and earth-surface processes. This broad, interdisciplinary approach provides a valuable `palaeo' perspective from which to evaluate the evidence for 21st century global warming and associated environmental change and will be attractive to students of Physical Geography and the Environmental and Biological sciences.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the evidence for, rates, causes and consequences of Ice Age (i.e. Quaternary) environmental change

Integrate and critically interpret different types of palaeoenvironmental data in order to reconstruct Quaternary environments

Appreciate the methodology, applications and problems of different palaeoenvironmental techniques

Essay (3000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture2 hours111111111011
Spring SemesterPractical4 hours001111000000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Fae Dussart

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Assess convenor

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