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CSM2183 - Sedimentology (2012)

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MODULE TITLESedimentology CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM2183 MODULE CONVENERProf Duncan Pirrie (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 1 - 11 1 - 11
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 27
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In sedimentology we will explore how particles are transported and deposited.  We will learn how to interpret ancient sediments to unlock the mechanisms of sediment transport and recognise ancient depositional environments.  We will also learn how using optical microscopy we can identify both clastic and carbonate grain types and understand the post depositional alteration of the rock.  Applied aspects of sedimentology are emphasised throughout.  An integral part of this module is a six day residential field course to the Wessex Basin where we will develop our ability to describe sedimentary rocks in the field.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is threefold: (1) to provide an understanding of 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 sedimentary geology.

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 demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1.An understanding of physical sedimentology covering weathering, fluid flows at the Earths surface, mechanisms of sediment erosion, transportation and deposition.
2.An ability to describe and measure commonly occurring physical, chemical and biological sedimentary structures and interpret their process of formation and significance
3.Through a rigorous approach to the principles of facies analysis have an ability to apply this knowledge to the recognition and process-based interpretation of a range of both clastic (e.g. fluvial, deltaic, shallow marine, deep marine) and carbonate (e.g. carbonate platforms, pelagic carbonates, evaporites) depositional environments.
4.An ability to describe and interpret the detrital and diagenetic mineralogy of both clastic and carbonate sedimentary rocks based on transmitted light microscopy
5.A general understanding of analytical techniques which can be utilised in the understanding of sediment mineralogy and geochemistry.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

6The ability to describe and interpret sedimentary rocks whilst carrying out geological fieldwork.
7.An understanding of the significance of sedimentary geology in the applied Earth Sciences, in both resource based geology and engineering geology.
8.A broad understanding of how sedimentary rocks can be used to reconstruct past environmental change

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

9.An ability to select appropriate data from a range of sources and develop research strategies
 

 

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.  During Term 1 there will be a residential field class to the Wessex Basin where we will develop our ability to describe in detail and interpret ancient depositional environments.

 

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 108.00 Guided Independent Study 190.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 20 Term 1 lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 10 Term 1 practicals
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 48 Term 1 Residential field course
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 20 Term 2 Lab practicals
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 10 Term 2 lectures
Guided independent study 192 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Technical report based on field course (Term 1)

20 3000 words 1-3, 6,7 Written

Technical report based on review of current literature (Term 2)

10 2000 words 1-9 Written

Assessed practical (Term 2)

20 Open book - 3 hours 4-5 Written
Examination 50 2.5 hours 1-9 Feedback via tutor
         

 

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 Assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Examination Examination As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 50% and/or 1 Exam 50%

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:

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Sedimentary Structures, Terra Publishing. Leeder, M.R. 2011. Sedimentology and Sedimentary basins, Wiley-Blackwell.                                                                                                                                                                   

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bridge, J.S. & Demicco, R.V Earth Surface Processes, Landforms and Sediment Deposits, Electronic Cambridge 2010 [Library]
Set Adams, A.E., Mackenzie, W.S. and Guildford, C. Atlas of Sedimentary rocks under the microscope, Longman 1984 [Library]
Set Nichols, G Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 2nd Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2009 9781405193795 [Library]
Set Tucker, M.E Sedimentary Petrology 2nd Blackwell 1991 [Library]
Set Tucker, M.E. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 27 June 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Sedimentology, Earth Surface Processes, Environments.