KE7035 - Environmental Fieldwork

What will I learn on this module?

Through a week-long fieldwork trip, you will learn advanced methods of collecting, handling, selecting and presenting data, as well as an appreciation of method limitations. You will make your own measurements of spatial variability in key Arctic environmental variables (e.g. hydrochemistry, vegetation structures for atmosphere- land surface modelling, coring for paleoenvironmental reconstruction).

How will I learn on this module?

Learning through your own hands-on experiences of fieldwork will be complemented by lectures, demonstrations and small group discussions while on the fieldtrip. In addition to directed learning, you will learn independently through using the module reading list and accessing web resources. Independent study is supported by informal contact with staff while on the fieldtrip and through preparatory information provided by email and through the eLearning Portal.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Formative feedback on your report will be provided through peer feedback during fieldwork. Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for questions and discussion prior to the fieldtrip. Staff will be available throughout fieldwork to answer questions, provide feedback and support your learning on this module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: Apply state of the art research methods to investigate major scientific questions in earth sciences

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO2: select appropriate experimental design, sampling protocols and procedures.
• MLO3: critically evaluate and combine data and methods and assess their limitations.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO4: effectively communicate the results of their research in scholarly verbal and visual form

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment

You will be assessed by an individual report on fieldwork activities (MLO1-4 (100%))





Module abstract

The module will be highly interactive and will involve a fieldtrip in the Arctic where you collect, analyse and present data. You will develop employable skills related to fieldwork, groupwork, critical thinking, and ability to identify and solve complex problems.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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