Spring 2021 - GEOG 310 D100

Physical Geography Field Course (4)

Field Camp

Class Number: 2777

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 213 and one of GEOG 214 or 215. Prerequisite or Corequisite: One of GEOG 311, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317 or 319.



A twelve-day field camp with a focus on various measuring, surveying, recording and mapping skills in branches of physical geography. A selected project will be completed either by a team or by an individual. Field camp locations will vary from year to year. The camp will be held immediately following the end of final examinations in April.


The Physical Geography Field Course offers students an opportunity for experience in field-based research projects. Projects will focus on direct observation, implementation of tools and techniques, measurement and rapid interpretation in several branches of physical geography (geomorphology, hydrology, climatology, biogeography). Students will engage in both instructor-led and self-directed field exercises as both individuals and in small groups of the same three individuals throughout the semester. Significant pre-fieldwork instruction will occur online through CANVAS. For small-group work, students will attend six in-person field experiences throughout the semester, scheduled during four-hour lab sessions on alternating Wednesdays. All fieldwork will occur in areas accessible by walking from the Burnaby SFU campus and will begin and end with check-in at the NW corner of the Academic Quadrangle. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from campus for attendance at fieldwork sessions. Provisions will be made for physical distancing, sanitizing of equipment, and all student face-to-face interaction will occur outside.

Be aware that during the field trips there may be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs and crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Further details regarding safety, fieldwork protocols and field supplies will be discussed prior to the fieldwork. Students must at all times remain compliant with all student responsibilities, regulations, and policies as outlined in the current Academic Calendar, as well as relevant regulations and policies as outlined in the SFU Policy Gazette. This includes, but is not limited to, expected student conduct and the maintenance of appropriate medical insurance coverage.

This course has university approval to run with significant in person synchronous components. In the event that the province moves towards a more restrictive phase of operation the course may be shifted entirely into the online environment.

Asynchronous course components:

  • Weekly lecture modules and assignments

Synchronous course components:

  • Attendance at class zoom meetings
  • Face to Face lab sessions held on-campus. Students will attend in small groups in alternating weeks throughout the semester.


  • Lecture participation exercises 25%
  • Field exercises 75%


In order to participate in course activities, students must sign an Assumption of Risk form and be willing to complete a daily self-assessment for all Face to Face instruction. Further details regarding safety will be discussed at the beginning of the semester. Walking over uneven ground for moderate periods of time will be required during the course of the field school. Please contact the instructor if you have any concerns before enrolling.



Students are responsible for ensuring they have waterproof footwear and waterproof outerwear. Other field gear requirements may be identified at the start of the course at the beginning of the semester.

Technical requirements:

  • Internet connected device (computer recommended) for weekly access to CANVAS (SFU’s online learning management system).
  • Periodic access to web-based tools and resources such as Google Earth (https://www.google.com/earth/), and web-based (e.g., Zoom) interaction with the TA and instructor during live lab sessions.


GEOG 310 - Field activities manual. Free download available through CANVAS.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).