Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3343 - Applied Field Geology (2012)

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MODULE TITLEApplied Field Geology CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3343 MODULE CONVENERDr Jens Andersen (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module provides the opportunity to visit the classic geology of Cyprus which includes the world famous Troodos Ophiolite. You will learn about the geological evolution of Cyprus, the nature of the oceanic crust and the formation of volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits, and undertake open pit mapping, geotechnical investigations, resource estimation and an environmental impact assessment which you will summarise in a professional report. To undertake this module you need to have studied year 1 and 2 of BSc Applied Geology or BSc Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (or equivalent). This module is not suitable for non-specialist students or interdisciplinary pathways.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop an integrated approach to the study of mineral deposits in the field. The module brings together subject areas that have been taught during the second and third year of the study programme. It builds on the training in safe; professional working practices in field based geology developed during previous field courses.

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:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.To describe and evaluate geological field data in the context of mineral deposits, mining, geotechnics and the environment.

2.To undertake geological field investigations in a responsible and safe manner.

3.To apply, analyse, and interpret lithological and structural data in an interdisciplinary context.

4.To critically evaluate and synthesize results using the appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques.

5.To evaluate the different factors important for the undertaking and communication of a geological field study.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

6.To collect, synthesize, and critically evaluate observations in an interdisciplinary framework and to present the results in a professional report.

7.To gain an appreciation of how the different geological, geotechnical, and environmental disciplines fit together.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

8.Self- and time-management skills in individual and group working situations.

9.The identification of individual and collective goals and responsibilities in small groups.

10.To recognise and respect different views during group work.

11.To evaluate performance as group members.

12.To write technical reports using the proper format, background literature, and referencing.

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

1.Observation and description of climatic conditions, vegetation, and soil cover of a field area (group).

2.Description and evaluation of logistical aspects important to a mining operation (group).

3.Synthesis of regional geological observations (group).

4.Production of a geological map and cross sections; descriptions of lithological, structural, and alteration features; assessment and evaluation of a target area (individual).

5.Geotechnical measurements and assessment (group).

6.Hazard and risk assessment (group).

7.Assessment of environmental impacts and regeneration options after mining has ceased (group).

8.Synthesis of conclusions and recommendations (group).

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Hours of study time Description
100 The module is based on supervised field-based training, guided field excursions, group-work exercises, workshops, and independent study.  
     
     

 

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
Technical report 100 4000 words per student 1-12 Written
         
         
         
         

 

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

A/A 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

Background material from earlier covered subject areas                                               

 

Selected scientific papers.                                                                         

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Barnes J.W. Basic geological mapping 2nd Open University Press. 1991 [Library]
Set Brassington, R. Field Hydrogeology 3rd John Wiley 2007 [Library]
Set Hoek, E. and Bray, J.W. Rock slope engineering 3rd 1981 [Library]
Set Evans A.M An introduction to economic geology and its environmental impact Blackwell Science 1997 [Library]
Set Evans A.M. Introduction to mineral exploration electronic Blackwell Science 2006 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Cyprus, Mineral Deposits, Geotechnics, Contaminated Land, Field studies