GEOG30780 Quaternary Environmental Change in Ireland

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module examines the evidence for the glaciation of Ireland in the Quaternary Period and assesses the applicability to Ireland of global models of glaciation based on oxygen isotope variability in both ocean sediment cores and ice cores, the planet's longest, most complete and most reliable environmental surrogates. The module begins with an investigation of key glaciological processes and their reflection in both glacigenic geomorphology and sedimentology, before moving on to a survey of Ireland's Quaternary evolution through its geomorphology.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion students should be able to: (1) demonstrate an appreciation of the development of our understanding of Ireland's Quaternary environmental evolution; (2) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in Quaternary geoscience and glacial geomorphology; (3) explain the linkages between geomorphology, glaciation and broader environmental stimuli, especially in the formation and evolution of environmentally sensitive landscapes and landforms.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; reflective learning; enquiry & problem-based learning; case-study learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Geog10080 Earth Systems
Geog20150 Quaternary Environmental Change

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GEOG30170 - Glaciation and the Quaternary

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Essay to be submitted in Week 7 of Spring Trimester Week 7 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Essay to be submitted in Week 12 of Spring Trimester Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 15:00 - 15:50