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TENERIFE: C&IT Field Course Support. Barbara Rumsby & Richard Middleton Department of Geography, The University of Hull. Objectives. Field Skills Field Study module - all 2nd year geography students participate in an overseas field course as part of the Geographical Skills programme

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tenerife c it field course support

TENERIFE:C&IT Field Course Support

Barbara Rumsby & Richard Middleton

Department of Geography, The University of Hull

objectives
Objectives
  • Field Skills
    • Field Study module - all 2nd year geography students participate in an overseas field course as part of the Geographical Skills programme
  • Understanding (and experience) of the physical geography of Tenerife
  • Synthesis
    • A means to make linkages between material covered in other modules (bio-geo-environ)
before
Lecture Programme

Practical Sessions

Groupwork skills

Project work

WWW resources

Resources

Folder

Reading list

WWW field guide

Staff

Introduction

Climate & Hydrology

Geology & Evolution

Geology & Geomorphology

Biogeography

Groupworking

Field Notebooks

WWW Resources

Project work

Project work

Logistics, Equipment distribution, Risk Assessment

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

WEEK 5

Before
www guide
WWW Guide
  • Introduction to the guide in practical class
    • Geographical setting
    • Geology
    • Biogeography
  • Launched on the Web May 2002 - contributions welcome!

www.hull.ac.uk/geogmods

during
6 days: 3 staff-led “look-see” & 3 student projects

Las Cañadas Caldera

DAY 1

Las Cañadas – Geology and Biogeography

Notebooks, groupwork

DAY 2

El Chinyero Project and Los Gigantes

El Chinyero data analysis,

presentations

DAY 3

Barranco del Infierno Project

Notebooks, presentations

DAY 4

Garachico and Volcanas Negras

Notebooks, lava experiment

DAY 5

Las Cañadas Geological Mapping Project

Geological map, presentations

DAY 6

Anaga and Santa Cruz

Notebook surgery

During

6 evenings

notebooks
Practical session in Hull

Included in cost

Anonymous

25% module assessment

Hand in at airport on arrival back in UK

Notebooks
student presentations
Synthesis

“Look-see” days

Use of digital camera for 1/2 day

Powerpoint

1 hour (or so) preparation, 10 min. talk

Student Presentations
after
Project follow-up:

Landcover mapping practical

Drop-in workshops

Assessment:

50% Field notebooks

25% WWW test

25% Project report

(group)

Hand in on arrival at UK airport

Takes place 1-2 weeks after return from field

Submission end of week 10

After
www test
Open book (field notebooks)

Up to 1½ hours to complete

Short answer questions

WWW Test
module learning outcomes
By the end of the module students should:

… have developed knowledge and understanding of the geography of a European region

Module Learning Outcomes

… have developed and practised fieldwork skills in geography

… be able to work collaboratively within a group to design, implement and write-up a research project in an overseas field environment

success
7th year

Staff satisfaction

TQA - WWW format (Blackboard)

Scores and comments

Module 16204 Tenerife I

Student Comments

“The field trip for this was really good and allowed me to get a real idea of the features of the island“

“The unique learning environment was refreshing & stimulating”

“This was a very organized module but it was contained too much work … it would have been nice to have finished before 10pm one night!“

“Although hard work throughout, the field excursion was enjoyable and educational. The lecture course prepared you well for the field trip …”

“Excellent module with a wide spread of interesting subjects. Amazing field”

“Tenerife was really enjoyable - perhaps too much work in Tenerife, but this was compensated for less on return.

“The computer test I thought could have actually been made into a proper exam as the answers required were extremely hard”

Success?
conclusion
WWW and IT resources are not a replacement for fieldwork

Used to support an intensive field programme

BENEFITS

Maximises what students get out of the field trip

Student-centered, resource-based learning

Improvement in learning experience

Conclusion
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TENERIFE:C&IT Field Course Support

Barbara Rumsby & Richard Middleton

Department of Geography, The University of Hull

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