Geology

CSM3379 - Summer Vacation Project (2019)

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MODULE TITLESummer Vacation Project CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM3379 MODULE CONVENERDr Ian Bailey (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 30
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The Summer Vacation Project (SVP) represents your opportunity to show off all the skills you learned during the first two years of your Geology degree programme. As an SVP student you will spend part the summer between the second and third year of your degree doing: (1) an independent geological mapping exercise, (2) a placement with a company, or (3) a field-based research project. This project may be carried out in the UK, or abroad, and you must submit up to four elements for assessment, including a technical report in Term 2. The SVP is an experience of a lifetime and is a fitting conclusion to those following a BSc route in Geology at the University of Exeter.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The Summer Vacation Project allows the student to demonstrate their ability to undertake independent project work involving the collection, analysis and presentation of geological data (or equivalent data from a discipline that overlaps with geology). Students generally undertake data collection for a minimum of 28 days during the summer vacation between their second and third year, as part of a geological mapping exercise, but it can instead involve a field-based research project, or a placement with an appropriate geoscience, environmental, engineering or minerals industry company. The project should normally allow students to develop the knowledge and skills introduced during one or more of the modules taken during years 1 and 2.

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 Collect and interpret data (precise nature dependent upon the project undertaken);



Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:



2 Synthesise data from different sources, scales and disciplines into coherent, models of geological evolution;



3 Apply geological and related knowledge/skills to provide solutions to issues in resource, engineering and environmental geoscience (dependent on nature of project);



Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:



4 Plan projects and effectively manage your time;



5 Demonstrate research skills such as efficient utilisation of information retrieval services;



6 Produce technical reports.

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

The nature of the module dictates that a formal syllabus plan is not appropriate.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 23.00 Guided Independent Study 277.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 4 Contact time with Supervisors
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 34 Group Tutorials: mapping skills, report writing and presentation
Guided Independent Study 262 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 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Assessment Strategy, determined by nature of project:
 
Mapping Project:
Notebooks 20 Appropriate to area mapped 1, 4 Marking Proforma Feedback
Fieldslips 20 Appropriate to area mapped 1, 4
Mapping Report 40 65 pages 1, 6
Interpretative (neat) Geological Map 20 Typically 10-12 Km2 1, 6
 
Industrial Placement/Research Project:
Field Notebook/Lab Book/Work Diary 5-20 Percentage appropriate to aims of project 1, 3, 4 Marking Proforma Feedback
Poster Presentation 20 A1/0 poster 1-6

 

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

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of Coursework (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: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
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 Jerram, D. and Petford, N. The Field Description of Igneous Rocks Geological Society of London Handbook Series, Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
Set Tucker, M.E. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
Set Passchier, C.W., Myers, J.S. and Kroner, A. Field Geology of High-Grade Gneiss Terrains Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1990 [Library]
Set Fry, N. The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks Open University Press 1995 [Library]
Set Marjoribanks, R. Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining 2nd Chapman & Hall 2010 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1035, CSM1036, CSM2182, CSM2183, CSM2184, CSM2312
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 30 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Geological Mapping; Industrial Placement; Research Project