Spring 2022 - GEOG 310 D100

Physical Geography Field Course (4)

Class Number: 4750

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 4125, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Perkins
    Office: RCB6231
    Office Hours: TBA
  • 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.


Course Details:

The Physical Geography Field Course offers students an immersive 12-day field experience focused on providing opportunities for direct observation, measurement and rapid interpretation in several branches of physical geography (geomorphology, hydrology, climatology, biogeography). The course is broadly split into two segments. The first part of the course will focus on instructor-led activities and the second part will be student-driven as groups of students implement the techniques they have learned in order to research a local geographic topic. There will be several class meetings during the Spring Semester, including one during the first week of classes, to orient students towards the field experience. Two full days of local class meetings will occur immediately following the end of final examinations in April and the camp will be held after these two days. Should conditions revert back to Phase-1 or 2 of BCs Restart Plan, face to face course components will be adjusted accordingly and may be moved to virtual experiences.

Your mandatory course fee covers accommodation and transportation costs. Students should expect to pay $340 to the Department to cover additional food costs. Be aware that during the field trips there may be periods of walking on uneven ground, working in areas with steep topography 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. In order to participate in course activities, students must sign an Adult Acknowledgement of Risk form. 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. There will be student shared accommodation as part of the field school. Please contact the instructor if you have any concerns before enrolling.

Spring 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.



  • Pre-field exercises 25%
  • Field exercises 50%
  • Final report 25%



Students are responsible for ensuring they have light hiking boots, waterproof outerwear, a warm sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Other field gear requirements may be identified at the start of the course at the beginning of the semester.


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

Registrar Notes:


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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 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.