GEOG412-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Alpine and Polar Environments

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

Description

Understanding physical processes and earth-atmosphere interactions in alpine and polar environments is crucial for the management of water resources, tourism and recreation, particularly in the context of global climate change. In this course, you will gain knowledge of these processes and interactions, and develop practical skills for collecting and analysing atmospheric, cryospheric (snow and ice) and geospatial data relevant to alpine and polar research.

Understanding physical processes and earth-atmosphere interactions in alpine and polar environments is crucial for the management of water resources, tourism and recreation, particularly in the context of global climate change. In this course, you will gain knowledge of these processes and interactions, and develop practical skills for collecting and analysing atmospheric, cryospheric (snow and ice) and geospatial data relevant to alpine and polar research.

Learning Outcomes

Understanding Earth-atmosphere interactions in alpine and polar environments is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources, tourism and recreation. The aim of this course is to provide guided advanced level learning about the way in which the atmosphere and cryosphere interact with the Earth’s surface. The course involves a combination of learning styles, including student-led discussions based on assigned readings, practical sessions, field work, and has a considerable emphasis on student-driven assignment work outside class time. In particular, the most important piece of assessment involves an authentic exercise, the writing, review, and revision process of a scientific paper. The key to successful learning in this course is active reading around the subjects, and then engaging in discussion about what you have read.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
Explain Earth-atmosphere interactions in alpine and polar terrains
Critically assess, and be familiar with, key research that describes process that influence the spatial variability in snow accumulation in alpine and polar settings
Prepare and confidently use relevant scientific equipment to gather data in the field (e.g. the wiring and programing of automatic weather stations and use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) to determine depth).

Apply a range of skills to the development and writing of a scientific paper of publishable quality and format, including interpreting and critiquing recent published science, developing hypotheses, selecting appropriate methods, and undertaking analysis and interpretation.
Discuss the importance of  understanding the cultural and social implications of undertaking research on public conservation land

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Pre-requisites

Entry subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Restrictions

GEOG408 and GEOG410

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Eng Core 119 Meeting Room (17/7-21/8)
Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab (11/9-16/10)
13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Timetable Note

Weekly 2 hour tutorial
1-day field trip

Course Coordinator

Heather Purdie

Lecturer

Wolfgang Rack

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Scientific Paper 60%

Notes

Prerequisites: Approval of HOS

Restrictions: GEOG409 and GEOG410

Recommended preparation: GEOG312, ANTA201

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,044.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.

All GEOG412 Occurrences

  • GEOG412-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020