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SPRI Review 1999: Teaching and Lectures

Teaching and Lectures

MPhil in Polar Studies

Two students completed the Master of Philosophy course in Polar Studies during 1998-99. The course work was made up of four essays and a dissertation of 20,000 words. A series of seminars in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms was given by members of the Institute, visitors, and invited speakers from outside the University. The course director was Dr Neil Arnold. The dissertations are available in the Institute Library; the titles are:

'Management requirements for tourist landing sites in the maritime Antarctic, and a model plan for Deception Island, South Shetland Islands' by Bill Davis

'Genetic structure and affinities among indigenous populations of northeast Siberia: a literature review' by Elena Rockhill.

Other teaching

Dr Neil Arnold served as the director of the MPhil in Polar Studies. He also acted as an examiner for Part IA of the Geographical Tripos, and for the MPhil in Polar Studies. Dr Arnold gave four lectures for the 'Physical geography' course, and six lectures and six practicals for the 'Geographical ideas and methods' course for Part IA of the Geographical Tripos. He also gave four lectures and four practicals for the Part IB 'Geographical ideas and methods' course, and eight lectures in the 'Polar and glacial studies' course for Part II of the Geographical Tripos.

As in earlier years, Dr Peter Wadhams gave four lectures in the 'Polar and glacial studies' course in Part II of the Geographical Tripos. Dr Gareth Rees continued to present a module of eight lectures on 'Global climate and environmental change' to the MPhil in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Professor Richards gave 10 lectures in the Part II course on 'Fluvial processes and the landscape' in the Geographical Tripos, together with six lectures and four seminars in the Part IB course on 'Process geomorphology,' four lectures in the Part IB course on 'Landforms and environmental change,' and a small number of additional lectures in other courses. He also led a field class for 10 undergraduates in July, studying glaciology and environmental management in Valais in the Swiss Alps. He was an examiner for Parts IB and II of the Geographical Tripos, and for the MPhil in Polar Studies.

Dr Yvette Marchand taught graduate remote sensing courses at the University of Caen and in Morocco. Alan Steel, Olga Toutoubalina, and Meredith Williams were demonstrators to the MPhil course in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.