Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2298 - Geological Field Techniques 2 (2011)

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MODULE TITLEGeological Field Techniques 2 CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM2298 MODULE CONVENERProf Duncan Pirrie (Coordinator), Prof Ben Williamson, Prof Frances Wall, Dr Jens Andersen, Mr Peter Frost, Dr Robin Shail, Mr Sam Hughes, Prof Patrick Foster
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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This module aims to develop the field-based training provided during the first year fieldwork techniques module to provide the students with a thorough training in field-based description and interpretation of a wide range of rock types and structural settings. The aims of the discrete components of the module are: In Dorset-Devon to provide a training in the description of sedimentary rocks and their interpretation, along with an understanding of basin tectonics. The basic principles related to petroleum geology are also covered. On Rum, the primary aim is to enhance the students’ ability and competence in geological mapping of an upland field area along with the description and interpretation of a wide range of igneous and metamorphic lithologies. In SW England the principal aim is to provide a training in data collection and interpretation in structurally complex areas along with an introduction to lithologies not encountered elsewhere and an introduction to mineralisation studies. An aim that permeates throughout the module is the development of safe, professional working practices in field based geology. In addition to the field geology the module also includes a practical surface surveying exercise which is held over three weeks prior to the commencement of the second year of the programme.
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
Sedimentary rocks - ability to describe and classify carbonate and clastic sediments; describe and interpret a wide range of erosional, depositional and post-depositional sedimentary structures; recognise macrofossils and trace fossils in the field; measure detailed graphic sedimentary logs; define mappable units in sedimentary rocks and apply the basic principles of lithostratigraphy; understand the basic principle requirements in petroleum geology. Igneous and metamorphic rocks - ability to record by mapping or logging, relevant mineralogical, textural and structural data; identify a wide range of rock types on the basis of mineralogy and texture and apply standard classification schemes; interpretation of the mode of formation; consider the economic potential of different igneous and metamorphic rocks. Structural geology - ability to accurately measure and record the orientation of planar and linear structural features including bedding, cleavage, joints, faults and fold axes; interpret fault and shear zone kinematic indicators; recognition of polyphase deformation; identification of fold vergence and facing. Surface surveying - layout of triangulation and trilateration networks, observations for bearing and positional fix from Ordnance Survey triangulation stations; measurement of baseline and checkbase with precise EDM; figural adjustment calculations; calculations for station co-ordinates; derivation of accuracy of control network. Precise theodolite traverse; use of theodolite, EDM and total stations; selection of instrumentation and accuracy standards required; selection of survey stations; computations for bearing, co-ordinates and elevations with closing errors and adjustments. Levelling - station elevations determined by a range of instrumentation and techniques to precise and subsidary survey standards. Calculation of reduced levels and distribution of closing error. Subsidary theodolite traverse; distance measurement by taping, tacheometry, EDM or total station. Detail survey by offsetting and radial pickup.
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1253, CSM1281
CO-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2293, CSM2294, CSM2312
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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