Postgraduate Course: Landscape Science: Geography (ARCH11135)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This module is developed around a series of lectures covering different aspects of physical geography together with some ecology and cultural geography followed by a set of student led seminars focused around a deeper investigation of specific geographical themes. There are some fieldtrips that focus on recognizing and understanding geomorphological processes and their relationship to the emergence of the landscape as we see it today.
Aims of course
To encourage learning and discussion of natural processes, the interdependence of people and the natural environment and the role of the landscape architect within this context.
Mode of delivery
Lectures, site visits, student led seminars and discussion
This course runs over the whole of semester 2, focusing on physical geography ¿ geology, geomorphology, climatology and soils and looking at how the ecological and cultural patterns and processes of the landscape have followed on from and been influenced by these. It involves lectures plus some field trips to look at landscapes, principally in Edinburgh and East Lothian. It forms a basic understanding of how to interpret the landscape from a geographical perspective. You will also take a specific theme and landscape and, through research, prepare both a group assessment of a theme and your own analysis of an area and write a research paper. Field work will support this through direct observation.
A whole day site visit to the area of Dunbar in East Lothian will include a chance to observe and to test your theoretical knowledge in the field. Assignments will take place on site which will contribute to the summative assessment of one learning outcome (LO1).
The course will:
1: Teach you the geological, geomorphological, climatic and soil processes that form the physical basis of the landscape and how to analyse them
2: Teach you how the ecological and cultural patterns and processes that form the landscape are linked to physical geography
3: Teach you how to write a research-based paper
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Pre-requisites
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Fieldwork Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The assessment for this course is based on three elements: one formative and two summative:
1. A formative presentation based the theme you have selected for the research paper.
2. A single 2000 word research paper on the Physical Geography of a regional landscape and how this has affected Ecological/Human/Cultural aspects of the same landscape. For this you should take an area that you know and are familiar with and to which you can bring personal experience. This may be your home area or a place you know from visits, perhaps regular holidays or where you have worked or spent a gap year. The area should be a landscape, ie. not a whole country, a huge region nor a small site such as a park. It should be fully referenced using a range of high quality sources in combination with field observation (where feasible).
The paper should cover how the geology, geomorphology, climate and soils produced the landscape we can see now (Part 1, approx. 1300 words) and then briefly describe how ecology and human activity has subsequently shaped the landscape on the top of and together with the results and ongoing physical geographical processes (Part 2, approx. 700 words).
3. Assignments from fieldwork where concepts discussed in class will be applied through observation and analysis of various locations using worksheets where you will answer questions through notes, and by making sketches and sections about specific aspects of geography.
The learning outcomes are weighted equally, but the two summative assessments contribute in different ways to the learning outcomes:
LO1: 100% fieldwork assignments
LO2: 100% research paper
LO3: 100% research paper
Students must pass all learning outcomes. The aggregation of failed Learning outcomes with passing learning outcomes to generate an overall pass mark is not permitted. Failure of one learning outcome will result in a Forced Fail (FF) outcome.
||Formative feedback is provided orally on the development of the initial research paper subject and structure.
Summative feedback is provided on the research paper and fieldwork in relation to the relevant LOs.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To demonstrate an understanding of the basic processes of geology, geomorphology, soils, climate, ecology and culture through field observation and analysis.
- To demonstrate an ability to gather information from a wide variety of appropriate academic and other sources and to synthesise it to form an integrated picture of a given landscape.
- To communicate knowledge and ideas about geography and its relationship to landscape architecture through a group seminar and an individual research paper.
Bell, S. (2012) Landscape: Pattern, perception and process (2nd Edition, Routledge, Abingdon
Bell, S. (2004) Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape (2nd Edition) Taylor and Francis, London
Smithson, P., Addison, K., Atkinson, K. (2008) Fundamentals of the Physical Environment. Routledge,
Clowes, A. and Comfort, P (1987) Process and Landform. Oliver & Boyd, p.335. (out of print).
Goudie A. (2001) The Nature of the Environment. Blackwell
Barry R.G., Chorley R.J. and Chase T. (2009) Atmosphere, weather and climate. Routledge
Brady N.C. and Weil R.R. (1999) The nature and properties of soils. Prentice Hall, p881
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The course provides experience in searching for and critically evaluating information from a range of sources. The seminar provides opportunities to develop communication skills in oral presentation and the group work provides opportunities to develop skills working with others while the essay requires autonomy.
||Landscape Institute criteria: physical and natural environment.
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Bell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5828
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)51 5744