Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Skills for Geoscientists
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 hour lectures
Practical 10 x 2 hours practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS  Assignment  40%
Semester Assessment SITE INVESTIGATION  Assignment  30%
Semester Assessment GEOPHYSICS  Assignment  30%
Supplementary Assessment RESUBMISSION  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Apply the mathematics and statistical methods required by practicing geoscientists
  2. Practice site investigations in accordance with BS5930: Code of practice for site investigations
  3. Apply and interpret the geophysical techniques used in site investigations


  1. Data Analysis: Analysis and interpretation of geochemical data.
  2. Data Analysis: Analysis and interpretation of geochemical data.
  3. Data Analysis: Numeric skills for geoscientists (ie. estimating ore body sizes).
  4. Data analysis: Numeric skills for geoscientists).
  5. Site investigations: site investigation procedures according to BS5930.
  6. Site investigations: map work, surveying and GPS.
  7. Site investigations: boreholes, trial pits and sampling.
  8. Geophysics: seismic reflection and refraction.
  9. Geophysics: magnetic surveying and resistivity surveying.
  10. Geophysics: ground penetrating radar.

Brief description

This module will be in 3 parts: data analysis; site investigations and geophysical methods used in site investigations.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Assignments 1 and 3
Communication Presentation of assignments
Improving own Learning and Performance Planning workload and meeting assessment deadlines
Information Technology Use of spreadsheets and word processors
Personal Development and Career planning Advice on careers in geotechnical and environmental consultancy work
Problem solving In all 3 assignments
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge of BS5930
Team work Interpreting data in practical classes

Reading List

Recommended Text
Code of practice for site investigation. BS5930 Primo search Croft, A and Davison, R. Foundation mathematics Primo search Kearey, P. and Brook, M. An introduction to geophysical exploration. Primo search Townsend, J. Practical statistics for environmental and biological scientists Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5