Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Skills for Environmental Earth Science
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
GG13020, GG11910, DA11910, ES10110
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 9 x 1 hr lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 9 x 1 hr tutorials
Practical 10 x 2 hrs


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1) Tutorial/practical based assignments: 2 essays, each 10%; chemical skills assignment 10%; maths assignment 10%; group oral presentation 10%. 2) 5 x geological maps assignments; 3 in semester 1 (25% - equally weighted); 2 in semester 2 (12.5% each)   100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed (< 40%) components. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the resat module mark.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Produce written work of a style and standard appropriate to university level coursework.
  2. Demonstrate basic chemical procedures
  3. Select and use appropriate mathematical procedures
  4. Work as part of a team and give an oral presentation.
  5. Use and interpret geological maps.

Brief description

This module will be taught in three parallel parts: lectures and tutorials, and geological mapping practicals. For details see the next section:


1) The tutorial and lecture programme will be structured as follows:

Week Activity

1 Registration week: no lecture; no tutorial
2 Lecture: Introduction and course information; formative note-taking exercise
3 Tutorial: Introductory discussion including session on the Blackboard learning system
4 Lecture: Essay writing
5 Tutorial: Essay 1 topics given; feedback on note-taking exercise
6 Lecture: Searching for scientific literature and information
7 Tutorial: open discussion
8 Lecture: Basic Chemistry including assignment; Students hand in essay 1.
9 Tutorial: open discussion; Essay 1 returned to students.
10 Lecture: Basic Chemistry (continued).
11 Tutorial: Students hand in chemical skills exercise.
12 No class
13 Lecture: Laboratory and field notebooks.
14 Lecture: Producing and presenting technical reports.
15 Tutorial: Essay 2 topic provided; open discussion; chemical skills exercise returned to students
16 Maths workshop 1
17 Maths workshop 2 Students hand in essay 2
18 Maths workshop 3
19 Maths workshop 4 (including assignment)
20 Tutorial: topics for oral & poster presentation given; open discussion; essay 2 returned to students.
21 Tutorial. Students hand in mathematical skills exercise.
22 Oral / poster presentation by groups
Tutorial: Final discussion; Module assessment; maths assignment returned to students.

2) Geological maps. Students will be introduced to geological maps and their uses through 10 x 2 hour practicals covering the following themes:
Ordnance survey maps
Introduction to geological maps
Development of map skills using problem maps
Development of map skills using geological maps

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Numeracy workshops; assessment 1
Communication Tutorials; assessment 1
Improving own Learning and Performance Tutorials
Information Technology Use of spreadsheets and word processors: assessment 1
Personal Development and Career planning Tutorials
Problem solving Tutorials, and practicals; assessments 1 and 2
Research skills Assessments 1 and 2
Subject Specific Skills Chemical skills Geological map skills
Team work Assessment 1


This module is at CQFW Level 4