Geology

CSM1036 - Field Geology and Geological Maps (2019)

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MODULE TITLEField Geology and Geological Maps CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM1036 MODULE CONVENERDr Ian Bailey (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 1-11 1-11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 40
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

You cannot call yourself a geologist until you’ve learned how to describe and interpret rocks and their structures in the field. In this module you will be blessed with the opportunity to do this using the world class Cornish geology on your doorstep. We will teach you how to be a field geologist using a combination of class-room and field-based exercises, including nine one-day field classes to a range of iconic localities that can be reached with no more than one hour’s drive, and you’ll be home in time for tea on every occasion! In a series of practical classes, you will also learn how to decode the geological history of an area by reading and interpreting a geological map. This module culminates in a week-long field course in Pembrokeshire where you get to consolidate and expand on the skills you have learned throughout the year.

AIMS - intentions of the module

Field Geology and Geological Maps aims to introduce Level 1 students to the recording, analysis and synthesis of geological field data. In addition, the module also introduces the principles of geological mapping, the interpretation of geological maps and the preparation of geological cross sections. By the end of the module, the students will be confidently able to collect field data from a range of geological settings, interpret geological processes and test hypotheses on the basis of these data. Students will also be able to understand how to read geological maps and construct cross-sections

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 prepare clear detailed legible field notes, sketches, graphic sedimentary logs, and small scale plans/maps and cross-sections;
2 describe a range of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types based on the field identification of minerals and the recognition of grain/crystal size, texture and fabric;
3 measure and record planar and linear structural data.  Describe and record folds, foliations and faults;
4 locate yourself accurately using a compass and base map, and develop the ability to "read" a base map to locate yourself;
5 understand the basic principles of geological mapping and stratigraphy including lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy;
6 describe macrofossils and trace fossils within their sedimentological context in the field;
7 describe and record sedimentary structures and understand their significance in terms of identifying the younging direction in a deformed area;
8 have a general understanding of field safety issues and risk assessment;
9 understand the application of lithostratigraphy in geological mapping;
10 understand how geology is represented on geological maps and how outcrop patterns reflect the interaction between the shape and orientation of geological units and topography;
11 demonstrate how geological maps can be used to interpret the geology and geological history of an area;
12 construct geological cross-sections from geological map data;
13 interpret the geology of several areas of the UK using geological maps.


Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

14 transfer information gained through formal taught modules (e.g. Geology) to a field-based scenario;
15 visualise in three-dimensions.


Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

16 problem solve;
17 synthesise a range of data;
18 work with and relate to others
19 collect data and communicate in a variety of formats.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Geological maps

This part of the module develops material covered in practicals 8-9 of the Geology module (CSM 1030) in Semester 1. Weeks 1-3 are based on problem maps while weeks 4-9 use real geological maps at a variety of scales.

 

Topics covered are:

- simple models of outcrop geometries associated with horizontal, vertical and inclined layers and those generated in folded and faulted sequences;

- unconformities and procedures for deciphering geological histories from geological maps;

 

Lectures cover:

- health and safety and first aid; geological field equipment; data recording - notes, sketches, graphic logs; hand specimen recognition of rocks and minerals; the compass clinometer and the measurement of planar and linear features; definition of mappable units; data recording on field slips;

 

Skills developed during fieldwork include:

- locating oneself on a map;
- description of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks;
- recording structural data and the description of folds and faults; description of sedimentary structures; description of macrofossils and trace fossils in the field;
- data recording on field slips, maps, notebooks etc;
- preparing geological cross sections;
- synthesising field data and interpretation.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 168.00 Guided Independent Study 132.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activity 37 Lectures and 9 practical sessions and field course preparation session
Scheduled learning and teaching activity 131 Fieldwork
Guided independent study 132 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 75 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 25
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Notebooks term 1 5   1, 2, 3, 8, 14-18 Feedback on notebooks and marking proformas
Notebooks (inluding assessed fieldclass) Term 2 20   1-3, 7, 8, 14-18 Feedback on notebooks and marking proformas
Practical exam 25 2 hours 9-16 Tutor meeting
Assessment of Pembrokeshire fieldcourse 50   1-9, 13-18 Group and individual feedback on ELE and on work

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 75% and/or 1 Exam 25%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:                                                                                                                                                               

Lisle, R.J. 1995. (see reading list for details)

Maltman, R. 1998. (see reading list for details)                                                                                                                                                                               

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and electronic resources:

UK Geological Maps: www.bgs.ac.uk/education/geology_of_britain/home.html 

The British Geological Survey Geology of Britain web pages: www.bgs.ac.uk/education/makeamap/home.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Lisle, R.J. Geological structures and maps: a practical guide Second edition Butterworth-Heinemann 1995 [Library]
Set Maltman, R. Geological maps: an introduction Second edition John Wiley & Sons, New York 1998 [Library]
Set Coe, A Geological Field Techniques Wiley-Blackwell [Library]
Set Lisle, R.J., Brabham, P. and Barnes, J.W. Basic Geological Mapping 5th Geological Society of London handbook series, Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
Set McClay, K The mapping of geological structures Geological Society of London handbook series, Wiley-Blackwell 1987 [Library]
Set Tucker, M.E Sedimentary rocks in the field Geological Society of London handbook series, Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
Set Jerram, D. and Petford, N.. The field description of igneous rocks Geological Society of London handbook series, Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 4 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 19 September 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Field geology; geological techniques; mapping.