GGR379H5 Field Methods in Physical Geography

Course Desciption

Course Description

This course is structured around one major field trip that will occur before fall-term courses begin, preparatory work, and approximately bi-weekly course meetings during the regular academic term to complete complementary work in computer and/or wet laboratories. Field projects will involve analyses and mapping of vegetation, soils, aquatic systems, hydrology, and/or geomorphology and subsequent data analysis. Students will be required to write one major research paper and present projects to the class. Each student is required to pay the costs of his/her transportation and accommodation. Students must register on ACORN, on a first-come, first-serve and non-refundable deposit basis. The deposit must be received by the department within one week from the first day of enrollment or the student will be dropped automatically from the course. Students should contact the Department to find out more details about the specific fieldtrip plans. This course fulfills seven field days.

Credits: Science, Experiential Learning

Exclusion: none

Prerequisite: 1.0 credits from: (GGR201H5 or GGR214H5 or GGR217H5 or GGR227H5) and 1.0 credits from any other GGR/ENV SCi course(s) and 2.0 credits from any science courses and permission of instructor

Core Skills Developed

  • field-based experiential learning in a natural forested ecosystem in northern Ontario
  • gain experience developing a primary research project from start (proposal) to finish (research outputs)
  • field-based research methods, data collection, data analysis and visualization, numeracy, and science literacy and communication
  • communicating research results in a scholarly term paper format
  • participation in the peer-review process