Module Identifier EA22910  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Charles Bendall  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Bill Perkins, Dr Nicholas J G Pearce  
Pre-Requisite EA11610 , EA11810  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   10 x 2 hours practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS Assignment40%
Semester Assessment SITE INVESTIGATION Assignment30%
Semester Assessment GEOPHYSICS Assignment30%
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 e of procedures of 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

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

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 5