Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
GG10720, GG11910, DA11910, ES10110

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 9 x 1 hr tutorials
Practical 12 x 2hr; 4 x 1hr


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment i) 2 x 1500 word tutorial essays (20%); ii) 2 x short answer tests on mathematical/chemical procedures (15%); iii) 10 minute group oral presentation (5%); iv) Practical exam (40%); v) GIS map production assignment (20%).   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. Safely conduct some 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.
  6. Describe the basic functionality of a GIS and produce a basic GIS map.

Brief description

This module will be taught in three parallel 3 parts: lectures, tutorials and practicals (geological mapping and GIS). For details see the next section.


This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Essay and technical report writing skills
  2. Basic chemistry for Earth Scientists
  3. Basic mathematics for Earth Scientists
  4. Geological mapping
  5. Introduction to GIS

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Numeracy workshops; assessment 2
Communication Tutorials; assessment 2
Improving own Learning and Performance Tutorials
Information Technology Use of spreadsheets and word processors
Personal Development and Career planning Tutorials
Problem solving Tutorials, and practicals; assessments 1 and 3
Research skills Assessments 1 and 2
Subject Specific Skills Chemical skills Geological map skills
Team work Assessment 2


This module is at CQFW Level 4