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CSM2184 - Geological Mapping Techniques (2012)

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MODULE TITLEGeological Mapping Techniques CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM2184 MODULE CONVENERProf Duncan Pirrie (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS Easter
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 24
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Fieldwork is where geology comes alive.  We pride ourselves on delivering a robust programme of training enabling our students to become competent field geologists, able to collect and interpret data from a wide range of geological situations and to be able to present the results of fieldwork in written reports and in presentations.  During the module we develop the skills required to measure and record geological data in the preparation of geological maps.  We make use of that data to interpret geological processes and gain an understanding of how data collection can allow hypothesis testing.  Emphasis is also placed on developing personal self confidence and reliance.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop the field-based training provided during the Year 1 Field Geology and Geological Maps module to provide the students with a thorough training in geological mapping.  The primary aim of the module 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, sedimentary and metamorphic lithologies.  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)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1.The ability to record structural data in the field
2.The ability to plot geological data on to a base map producing detailed field slips and subsequent neat copy geological maps
3.The ability to interpret geological processes from field exposures
4.The ability to describe and interpret a wide range of igneous and metamorphic rock types
5.The ability to synthesize different aspects of geological data into internally consistent models
6.The ability to identify inherent risks during fieldwork and take appropriate action to minimise those risks
7.The ability to prepare geological maps, cross sections and reports
8.Competence in the use of surveying equipment
9.The ability to carry out a topographical survey of a site and apply theoretical surveying knowledge
10.The skills required to establish survey control to meet a client specification

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

11.The ability to translate theoretical lecture based data and relate that to field-based data acquisition and analysis.
12.The ability to critically appraise available data and synthesis data allowing field-based hypotheses to be tested

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

13.An ability to communicate effectively in a manner appropriate to the discipline and report practical procedures in a clear and concise manner in a variety of formats
14.An ability to select appropriate data from a range of sources and develop research strategies
15.An ability to interact effectively within a team/learning group, giving and receiving information and ideas and modifying responses where appropriate

 

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

Sedimentary rocks - ability to describe and classify sedimentary rocks; apply the principles of lithostratigraphy.

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 subsidiary survey standards. Calculation of reduced levels and distribution of closing error. Subsidiary theodolite traverse; distance measurement by taping, tacheometry, EDM or total station. Detail survey by offsetting and radial pickup.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 150.00 Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
   

 

Scheduled learning & teaching activities 10 days Field-based training
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 10 hours Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 15 days Practicals
     

 

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
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Report and neat copy plan 30 2500 words 8-15 Detailed written feedback and one to one discussions as required
Field notebooks, neat copy geological map and technical report 70 4000 words 1-7, 11-15 Detailed written feedback and one to one discussions as required
         
         
         

 

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 1 piece of CW 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

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
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 Tucker, M.E Sedimentary rocks in the field Geological Society of London handbook series, Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
Set Jerram, D. and Petford, N.. The field description of igneous rocks Geological Society of London handbook series, Wiley-Blackwell 2011 [Library]
Set Coe, A Geological Field Techniques Wiley-Blackwell [Library]
Set Passchier, C.W., Myers, J.S. and Kroner, A Field geology of high-grade gneiss terrains. Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1990 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1028, CSM1030, CSM1036
CO-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2293, CSM2294, CSM2312
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 Field Geology