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Mae'r modiwl yma yn ystyried pwysigrwydd astudio data ystadegol ym meysydd Dynol a Ffisegol Daearyddiaeth. Trafodwyd ystod o ddulliau ystadegol, a defnyddiwyd enghreifftiau ymarferol a syniadau cysyniadol i egluro eu defnydd. Rhoddwyd pwyslais arbennig ar osod y technegau hyn o fewn cyd-destun ymchwil Daearyddol ehangach. Defnyddiwyd meddalwedd ystadegol pwerus yn y sesiynau cyfrifiadurol ymarferol, sy'n cydymffurfio a safonau diwydiannol. Yn ogystal i ystadegau, mae'r modiwl hefyd yn cyflwyno myfyrwyr i gyflwyno a dadansoddi data gan ddefnyddio Systemau Wybodaeth Ddaearyddol ('GIS'), ac yn rhoi trosolwg o'r testun gydag enghreifftiau ymarferol. This module examines the importance of statistical data analysis in quantitative research in both Human and Physical Geography. A range of statistical methods with wide application are discussed, using theoretical explanation and practical examples to illustrate their use. Particular importance is given to placing these techniques within the broader context of Geographical research. Powerful, industry-standard statistical analysis software is used in the computer practical sessions. In addition to statistics, the module also introduces students to the presentation and analysis of data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), giving an overview of this topic, illustrated with practical examples.
This module introduces the three main Earth systems: the geosphere,atmosphere and biosphere. A sound understanding of the processes within each system, and of the interactions between them, forms the essential foundation for any more advanced study of physical geography. The geosphere section deals with the origin of Earth, describes the distribution of different rock types and introduces the concept of plate tectonics. The atmosphere section deals with flows of energy and moisture and their role in controlling climate over both space and time. The biosphere section deals mainly with flows of energy and nutrients and focuses on the way that life on Earth interacts with the other Earth systems.
Every geographer should have an understanding of the processes that form the landscape, the ways such processes have operated in the past and how they may change in the future in response to human activities and climatic change. Emphasis is given in the module to processes and how they vary across the Earth¿s surface, factors that affect Earth surface systems in different environments, and the likely consequences of human interference with natural processes. There are two main themes: 1) geomorphological and hydrological processes and their interaction with climatic change and society; and 2) natural environmental change on long and shorter timescales.
This module involves the preparation, execution and reporting of physical geography fieldwork. The project, entitled ¿Reconstructing Quaternary environmental change on the south coast of the Gower peninsula¿, focuses on some of the field techniques and approaches (mainly sedimentological) that are used to reconstruct environmental change with particular reference to the alternation of glacial and interglacial episodes. The aims are to examine the evidence remaining in the landscape, to describe and analyse the evidence systematically, to interpret the evidence in terms of environmental change, and to reconstruct the sequence of events that have affected this part of Gower. The Gower peninsula is particularly significant in reconstructing Quaternary environmental changes because it lies close to the limit of the last (Devensian) ice sheet. As well as introducing some fundamental techniques that are used in the field for description, measurement and inference, the project will develop your ability to: work effectively in a team; manipulate, analyse and present data; and reason logically. The project requires you to keep a fieldwork notebook and write an individual report, applying the analytic and descriptive skills acquired in GEG100.
This module introduces students to key skills in scientific writing and career development. The module is taught through a tutorial programme throughout the year.
This module investigates hazardous aspects of Earth¿s natural environment and how society relates to them. Introductory principles include the definition of natural hazard, disaster, risk and loss, and approaches to reducing risk and managing disasters. Major types of natural hazard are studied in order to understand how they operate, where, and how frequently they are likely to occur. Their hazardous consequences are explored, as well as how society can respond to hazardous events. Key aspects include consideration of the factors that turn natural hazards into disasters, how the hazardous nature of natural environmental agents can be predicted, forecast and monitored, and how their harmful effects can be minimised. The major natural hazards considered are volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, slope failures and high-magnitude-low-frequency events such as meteorite impacts. Lectures consider general principles as well as case studies. A project (50% of module assessment) comprises submission of an individual poster dealing with a specific event, and presentation of a short seminar as part of a group.
The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions within the Mallorca, which serves as an example of a region with a Mediterranean climate, and applying relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographical landscape and inherent features of Mallorca and the Mediterranean. Students taking this module will gain experience in research design, methodologies, data analysis and presentation methods, including seminars, posters and reports. Students taking this field course focus on either the physical or human geography on the region and conduct project work appropriate to their specialism. The module comprises preparatory lectures in Swansea during teaching block 2 and a one week field course, which typically runs in the last week of teaching block 2.
This module examines the importance of statistical data analysis in quantitative research in both Human and Physical Geography. A range of statistical methods with wide application are discussed, using theoretical explanation and practical examples to illustrate their use. Particular importance is given to placing these techniques within the broader context of Geographical research. Powerful, industry-standard statistical analysis software is used in the computer practical sessions. In addition to statistics, the module also introduces students to the presentation and analysis of data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), giving an overview of this topic, illustrated with practical examples.
The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.
This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)
This module will develop critical thinking about the role of science, especially climate science, in society. This role will be discussed in terms of what is desirable, what is practical and what is the present reality. We will focus on a few specific areas; how science provides advice to policy-makers (especially through the activities of bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and the symbotic/antagonistic relationship between science and the media. During the module you will consider the communication of climate science topics to scientists, the general public and to policy makers.