Well just a quick reminder that I have finished classes for the semester now! Just have my two finals to go through now! I have a global shift exam on Thursday 7th at 8am and then on Saturday 9th at 9am. This kind of suck as the Manchester Derby is on at the same time! Both Louie and I were devastated when we found out but oh well!
So classes weren't so bad I reckon. GEO141 - Geography and GIS took me back to highschool and college with some work but the GIS was better as we actually did some over here instead of using GIS software to determine that Reddish is more deprived than Cheadle Hulme...I knew that without a computer having to work it out!
GEO 313 - Physical Geography and the Environment kind of swung me back to preferring physical geography over human geography with hints at possible third year project ideas like hydro management plus the career options which follow after that project, especially in water resource management. Dougie was a laugh at times especially when addressing us Brits. Probably the only thing I'll remember is "ET = PE except if the system is out of water" for soil content equations.
GEO 372 - Global Shift in the 21st Century was pretty much like last year at university but with one teacher instead of 6 last year. I've never seen a teacher waffle on without a break for 3 hours straight. There was so much to learn in this topic but it was so good on information plus the topics for the assignments were good I thought with a territorial profile of a country which has come around since 1945 and then we had a corporation profile which I based mine on AstraZeneca, an English/Swedish company in the pharmaceutical industry.
GEO 542 - Introduction to Remote Sensing. I thought this was a first year course as it had the word introduction and to be honest so did Tim back home who helped me to select which units to do. Turns out it was a third year course and you needed to have done a first year cartography unit beforehand... luckily my assignments weren't rock solid even without the cartography notes. But this subject was probably the most interesting for me anyway with using satellite data and imagery around the world etc and then interpret the data which is more like the GIS I'm into which is good for me.
So yeah so far this semester has been really good with the lecturers making the classes slightly more bareable than back home with the odd jokes and remarks etc especially in Dougie's classes and it was more the mickey taking in global and remote sensing and it was actually quite funny to find that Stephen's (Geography & GIS) English humour hadn't gone yet and at times he would confused the Canadians but it would be quite amusing to the four of us who were in his class (Louie, Kat, Chris and I). Anyways a good start and lets see if its the same next semester after the Christmas break.