Geology

CSM3068 - Geology Overseas Field Class (2019)

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MODULE TITLEGeology Overseas Field Class CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3068 MODULE CONVENERDr James Hickey (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 0 1.5
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module provides an opportunity to examine an outstanding area of geology famous for its tectonic, volcanic, sedimentological and/or geological evolution. The destination varies but will typically be Spain, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal or Tenerife. Depending on the field location, you may learn about: (i) geohazards, including their deposits and monitoring, (ii) geothermal and hydrothermal processes, (iii) sedimentary and climatic processes, (iv) palaoenvironments and depositional settings and/or (v) tectonic landscape evolution, integrating knowledge from across the modules covered during your course.

To participate in this module, you need to have studied Year 1 and 2 of BSc/MGeol Geology (or equivalent). This module is not suitable for non-specialist students or interdisciplinary pathways.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to develop an integrated approach to the study of geology in the field. This module brings together subject areas that have been taught during the first, second and third year of the study program. We will investigate the interaction of tectonic, climatic and geological processes, and how these sculpt the world around us. The module aims to develop communication and interpersonal skills that will be essential for a successful future career.

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 Describe and evaluate geological field data in the context of taught geological models;

2 Describe and interpret volcanic/sedimentary geological data in the context of regional geological (tectonic) history including depositional environments and volcanic/diagenetic history;

3 Record field data from different localities in order to begin to interpret geological landscape evolution and its possible impact on the global Earth system;

4 Conduct field work in a safe and responsible manner;

5 Apply, analyse, and interpret lithological and structural data in an interdisciplinary context;

6 Critically evaluate and synthesize results using appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

7 Collect, synthesize, and critically evaluate observations in an interdisciplinary framework and to present results in a professional format;

8 Gain an appreciation of how different branches of the geosciences fit together;

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

9 Apply self- and time-management skills in individual and group working situations;

10 Identify individual and collective goals and responsibilities in small groups;

11 Recognise and respect different views during group work.

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

The possible topics covered include: (i) geohazards, including their deposits and monitoring, (ii) geothermal and hydrothermal processes, (iii) sedimentary and climatic processes, (iv) palaoenvironments and depositional settings and/or (v) tectonic landscape evolution.

Students will:

• Make detailed observations of a wide variety of geological features;

• Produce annotated maps/figures at key localities which help you to describe, interpret and synthesise the history of tectonic/volcanic/climatic processes in the area.

FORMATIVE FEEDBACK:

We will be in the field working in a small group, with ongoing discussion of the field sites throughout the course. Feedback for notebook keeping and assessments will be available through personal discussion with the group leaders. Time will be set aside for the assessments, during this time there may not always be a staff member at hand.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 80.00 Guided Independent Study 70.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheuled Learning and Teaching Activities 80 Fieldwork
Guided Independent Study 70 Pre-fieldwork preparation, and group or independent work in the field

 

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 85 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 15
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
ELE Quiz 15 25 questions max. 1, 2, 5-8 Automated Feedback
In-Field Assessment 1 40 Location-Specific Exercise 1-11 Written and Verbal
In-Field Assessment 2 45 Location-Specific Exercise 1-11 Written and Verbal

 

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-assessment
Summative Assessment Additional Assessment As Above August Ref/Def Period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

One piece of Coursework, at 100%.

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:

ELE: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Research papers relevant to the geological area that will be visited (listed on ELE).

Web based and Electronic Resources:

See ELE page: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Other Resources:

Background material from previous modules.                                              

 
 

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2182, CSM2183, CSM2184, CSM2312
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 21 August 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 31 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Fieldwork; Research; Geohazards; Volcanology; Geophysics; Tectonics; Natural Hazards; Geology; Sedimentology; Palaeontology; Palaeoclimate