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CSM1035 - Stratigraphy & Palaeontology (2012)

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MODULE TITLEStratigraphy & Palaeontology CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1035 MODULE CONVENERMr John Macadam (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 38
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module is an introduction to stratigraphy and paleontology. No previous knowledge is assumed, but for those with previous experience or knowledge there should be enough challenges, both with the ideas and problems presented, and with the good range of material available to study.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the evolution of life on Earth and the principles of stratigraphy, and the application of both stratigraphy and palaeontology in applied geoscience.

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.demonstrate a basic understanding of the evolution of life on Earth.

2.describe and identify a range of both body and trace fossils, and their preservation.

3.estimate the likely age of a fossil assemblage.

4.evaluate the environmental significance of a fossil assemblage.

5.explain the principles of: lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, event stratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy.

6.evaluate the most appropriate method(s) for dating a given geological succession.

7.illustrate the application of lithostratigraphy in geological mapping.

8.demonstrate how geological maps can be used to interpret the geology of an area.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

9.demonstrate an ability to think in three-dimensions in the subsurface.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

10.with some guidance, begin to develop the skills for independent study.

11.with guidance, select and properly manage information drawn from books, journals and the internet.

12.with guidance, communicate ideas effectively by written, oral and visual means.

13.demonstrate observational skills.

14.evaluate data.

15.synthesize a range of data.

16.demonstrate an ability to solve problems.

17.demonstrate time-management skills.

18.research the literature on a topic.

19.with some guidance, summarise a research paper and write a short report.

 

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

The two strands (stratigraphy and palaeontology) of this introductory course run concurrently. For Stratigraphy Weeks 1-4 Principles of stratigraphy and the stratigraphical column; biostratigraphy; chronostratigraphy; lithostratigraphy and geological mapping. Weeks 5-6 Subsurface stratigraphy based upon geophysical techniques; chemostratigraphy; magnetostratigraphy; event stratigraphy and cyclic stratigraphy. Weeks 7-9 Stratigraphical evolution of the UK. For Palaeontology Weeks 1-2 Principles of palaeontology; evolutionary theory; early evolution of life on Earth. Weeks 3-4 Invertebrate macrofossils in the Palaeozoic; Palaeozoic and Mesozoic microfossils. Weeks 5-6 Mesozoic macrofossils. Weeks 7-9 Trace fossils; taphonomy and fossil preservation; palaeoclimates; mass extinctions. The palaeontology practicals broadly match the lectures so for weeks 1-4 specimens illustrating preservation and Palaeozoic macrofossils are available in the lab; for weeks 5-7 Mesozoic macrofossils are available, with weeks 7-9 illustrating trace fossils and other topics of interest.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 56.00 Guided Independent Study 94.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 18 Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 9 x 2 Practical classes
Guided Independent Study 114 Lecture & assessment preparation; wider reading
   

 

 

 

     

 

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

Self-assessment practical check-list

1 hour in weeks 2/3 2, 10-13 Verbal

Multiple choice quizzes

2 hours

1-8, 9, 10-17

On-line answers
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 70 2 hours

1-8, 9, 12, 14-17

Tutor meeting

Assessed practical

15 3 hours

1-4, 12, 13, 17

Written comments plus revision session

Report on research paper and literature

15

4 hours study time, 1000 word report

10-11, 12, 17-19

Written comments plus revision session

         
         

 

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 All above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional exam All above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 30% and/or 1 Exam 70%

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 – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Web based and electronic resources:

 

ELE CSM1035, with notes for lectures, extra resources, links to further web-based resources and multiple-choice quizzes.                      

 

Journals on-line.                                                                                                                             

 

 

Other resources:

 

 

1. Benton, M.J. & Harper, D.A.T. 2009. Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record. John Wiley-Blackwell, 529p.                

 

2. Clarkson, E.N.K. 1998. Invertebrate palaeontology and evolution (4th ed). Harper Collins, 382p.                                            

 

3. Armstrong, H.A. & Brasier, M.D. 2004. Microfossils (2nd ed). Blackwell, 304p.                                                      

 

4. Doyle, P. 1996. Understanding fossils - An introduction to Invertebrate Palaeontology. John Wiley, 401p.                                   

 

5. Doyle, P. & Bennett, M.R. 1998. Unlocking the Stratigraphical Record: Advances in Modern Stratigraphy. John Wiley, 532p.           

 

6. Woodcock, N .H. 1994. Geology and Environment in Britain and Ireland. Blackwell, 164p.                                                     

 

7. Woodcock, N.H. & Strachan, R.A. 2000. Geological history of Britain and Ireland. Blackwell, 423p.                                  

 

8. Selden, P. & Nudds, J. 2004. Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems. Manson, 160p.                                                         

 

9. Nudds, J. & Selden, P. 2008. Fossil Ecosystems of North America: A Guide to the Sites and Their Extraordinary Biotas. Manson, 288p.

 

10. Journals in the Learning Resources Centre.                                                                                               

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Jackson, P.N.W. Introducing Palaeontology Dunedin 2010 [Library]
Set Doyle, P., Bennett, M.R. & Baxter, A.N. The Key to Earth History - An Introduction to Stratigraphy 2nd 2001 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Stratigraphy, palaeontology, fossils