|Delivery length / details
|3 x 4 Hour Field Trips
|3 x 2 Hour Practicals
|5 x 2 Hour Practicals
|Assessment length / details
|Graphical assessed practical exercise Practical class-based mapping exercise (Sem 1)
|Graphical assessed field-based exercise Field-based mapping exercise (Sem 2)
|Written assessed field notebook and short report Daily field notebook & summary field report (2000 words) (Sem 2)
|Graphical assessed practical exercise Practical class-based mapping exercise. Students who fail to attend the field-class may be set an alternative mapping exercise.
|Grapichal assessed field-based exercise Field-based mapping exercise. Students who fail to attend the half day field courses can submit a report on the interpretation of a pre-provided geological map (700 words).
|Written assessed field notebook and short report Daily field notebook and summary field report (2000 words). Students who fail to attend the residential field course can submit a 2000 word alternative assessment.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Construct a basic geological map and understand how to represent geology in 2D
2. Classify and record major rock types and their key bounding relationships in 2D and 3D
3. Demonstrate proficiency in field, graphical, sampling and field note-taking skills
4. Demonstrate technical proficiency in the operation of field instruments, and evaluate the safety and logistical requirements of fieldwork planning
field course. The Easter course builds on the experience gained during the day trips and practical classes. During this course the rocks of the area are studied with visits to a wide range of localities, 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 in the field.
- Geological mapping
- Structures in 2D and 3D
- Sedimentary logging and clast analysis
- Recording data in the field
- Applied fieldwork
|Application of Number
|Interpretation of numerical and graphical data is integral to Environmental Earth Science fieldwork. Students will be expected to record and interpret numerical data both in practical classes and the field.
|Practical classes and field days are inherently interactive, and students will be encouraged to communicate with each other through small group exercises in both instances. The module is designed to allow a high number of contact hours between staff and students to ensure development of strong communication, and ample opportunities for one-to-one and group discussions.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|This module is designed to build student skills gradually, with opportunities for formative and summative feedback incrementally throughout the two semesters. Students will have the opportunity to use skills learnt during practical classes in real-world examples in the field. During individual field days students will return to the same study site, building their level of understanding with new skills on each return trip. All of these skills underpin those developed during the residential field trip, enabling students to drive their own performance improvement throughout.
|During practical classes and field days satellite imagery will be available to aid geological map interpretation, and interactive mapping software will be utilized in the field. Students will be expected to use information technology to aid further reading.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Upon successful completion of this module students will have developed a range of practical field skills integral to any earth science/geology career path. They will develop basic cartography and map interpretation skills, understand how to survey an area to assess its geology and structure, and will apply these skills to industrial study sites on their residential field course.
|This module will develop a series of skills to enable students to interpret various rock types, their structure and distribution, how these are represented on geological maps, and how to record these data effectively. The module is designed to build these skills incrementally, in turn introducing simplified examples to explain the theoretical basis, applying this theory to real-world examples on individual field days, and using these field skills to underpin more independent study on the residential field trip. Their problem solving skills will therefore be developed incrementally using a variety of examples and applications.
|The students will be introduced to new topics which will require additional research. Specific ‘further information’ questions will be set within each practical class to encourage use of research and information literacy skills.
|Subject Specific Skills
|This module will develop a range of practical field skills including how to draw and interpret geological maps, how to record structural measurements in the field, sedimentary logging and stratigraphy, representing geology and geological structures in 2D and 3D, field sketching, and how to effectively record field data.
|Small group work will be an integral part of practical classes, individual field days and the residential field trip.
This module is at CQFW Level 4