Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Environmental Earth Science Level 1 Fieldwork
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Only available to students registered for Environmental Earth Science

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Field Visit / Case Study: Field approach and notebook: 50%; field report 50%  100%
Supplementary Assessment Students whose reasons for failing to attend the field course are condoned will be permitted to submit a 2,000 word project for assessment of a type and by a date to be agreed with the module co-ordinator, for a maximum mark of 100%.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate technical proficiency in the operation of field instruments
  • demonstrate proficiency in field, graphical, sampling and geophysical methods
  • classify major rock types
  • construct a basic geological map
  • appreciate the logistics involved in undertaking different types of fieldwork operations
  • demonstrate their proficiency in oral communication skills


The module introduces the basic observational, analytical and communicational skills associated with environmental earth studies fieldwork.

The module will enable students to observe and record geological information and integrate this with environmental observations. In addition it will enable students to prepare a report on the geology, industry and environmental aspects of a region and to integrate this with course work and published information.

Brief description

This module is designed as an introduction to field techniques in Environmental Earth Science. It consists of at a single day course followed by a seven day residential course during the Easter vacation.

The day course, normally held in central Wales, introduces some of the many topics of Environmental Earth Science. It seeks to introduce field observation techniques and recording data in field notebooks. In addition, field reports are written up after each trip, and assessed by Academic tutors.

The Easter course (currently held in North Wales) builds on the experience gained on the day trip. During this course the rocks of the area are studied with visits to a wide range of localities so building up a picture of the regional geology. This is supplemented with visits to sites of extractive industries and other industrial sites such as power stations. The environmental impact of current and past industrial activities is also assessed. A report of the trip is subsequently written up using the observations recorded.


This module is at CQFW Level 4