Fieldwork in Manchester and Surrounding Areas

Unit code EART20042

Our Environmental Science field course trains students in design of investigations, analysis of data and field and laboratory techniques that are regularly used in the environmental science professions. Research laboratories and instrumentation within SEES, and field sites in Manchester and the Peak District are used in a variety of environmental investigations that are representative of the environmental science employed in professional practice
  • When is the fieldtrip?

    The field trip is for 5 days during the first week after the Easter holidays in Year 2.

    Laboratory exercises and fieldwork are scheduled from 9am to 5pm each day (possibly until 6pm on the Thursday of the week).

  • Where is the fieldtrip?

    The course is based in laboratories at the University of Manchester with travel to nearby sites (including the Peak District) during the week.

  • How will we travel to Manchester and the Peak District?

    Travel to and from nearby sites in Manchester and the Peak District will be by coach. Further details will be provided closer to the time of the trip.

  • What will I learn?

    The course will prepare you for carrying out your final year project by training you in:

    • 4 laboratory and field-based Training Exercises for the first 2 days that are related to skills and concepts used in many final year projects, such as

    • water chemistry;
    • water movement;
    • collection and analysis of aerosols;

    • analysing and interpreting data from these exercises on the 3rd day to enable you to prepare a proposal for your own Project to be carried out on days 4 and 5;
    • carrying out a project involving fieldwork.

    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • use several measurement techniques for environmental variables;
    • be able to quantify the reliability of the measurement;
    • understand how to design an investigation.
  • What equipment will I need?

    Essential field course items are:

    • waterproof clothing;
    • appropriate footwear (i.e. walking boots);
    • rucksack (at least 25 litre for clothing, drink, food, notebook and some field equipment);
    • notebook;
    • pencils;
    • memory stick.
  • How will the field course be assessed?

    Assessment is based upon the following:

    • written report (3500 words maximum - not including abstract (200 words) or references but each figure or table = 200 words of total word count), consisting of a further 40 hours analysing and interpreting project data for submission 4 weeks after the field trip [65%]
    • 1 week after the field trip there will be a 1 hour 20 min (20 minutes per exercise) on-line open-book short answer / multiple choice assesment that is a mixture of knowledge based questions and interpretation of data [24%];
    • project proposal group presentation [6%];
    • project summary group presentation [5%].
  • Who can I contact regarding the Manchester field course?

    For more information visit the course unit specification or email course leaders Dr Steve Boult, Dr Neil Mitchell or Dr Paul Williams.

  • What our students say

    Sarah Perry student

    Sarah Perry

    "I especially feel that the annual field trips are an integral part of the course as they have allowed me to gain valuable scientific surveying skills and put the theory I learnt in class into practice."

    Did you know?

    Most final year Projects use laboratory and analytical facilities within SEES and this Course allows you to gain practical experience of these prior to selecting/designing a Project.

    More about the Environmental Science field course

    Manchester and its surrounding areas have been subject to the impact of modern industry for longer than anywhere on Earththis provides great opportunities to study both impacts and recovery. The laboratory and analytical facilities within SEES are world leading and allow useful information to be extracted from these field sites to be used in their management locally but also to derive general principles and processes for global application.

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