Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2294 - Sedimentology (2011)

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MODULE TITLESedimentology CREDIT VALUE20
MODULE CODECSM2294 MODULE CONVENERProf Duncan Pirrie (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The aim of this module is threefold: (1) to provide the students with an understanding of basic physical sedimentary processes and resultant sedimentary structures, (2) to apply that understanding of process-based sedimentology to the recognition of a range of clastic and carbonate depositional environments and (3) to gain expertise in the petrographic description and interpretation of clastic and carbonate sediments. In addition the students will gain a wider appreciation of the applied nature of sedimentology.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Term 1: Classification of sedimentary rocks; clastic and carbonate sediment grains; weathering; physics of fluid flows operating at the Earth surface; sediment transport and erosion; erosional, depositional and post-depositional sedimentary structures; sediment gravity flows; volcaniclastic processes and products;glacial and periglacial processes and landforms; principles of facies analysis; modern and ancient depositional environments; glacial, fluvial, deltaic, shallow marine and deep marine clastic depositional environments; shallow and deep marine carbonate depositional environments; evaporites. Term 2: Sandstone petrography and provenance studies; analytical techniques; clastic diagenesis; carbonate grain types; carbonate petrography and diagenesis.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
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CREDIT VALUE 20 ECTS VALUE 10
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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