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CSM3379 - Summer Vacation Project (2012)

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MODULE TITLESummer Vacation Project CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM3379 MODULE CONVENERDr Robin Shail (Coordinator), Prof Duncan Pirrie (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The Summer Vacation Project has to be undertaken by all undergraduate geology students in the summer vacation following Year 2. It can comprise a geological mapping exercise, a field or laboratory-based investigation or work undertaken as part of a placement with a company. Its purpose is to demonstrate your ability to independently collect and interpret geological or geotechnical data and can be carried out in the UK or abroad. You have to make a verbal presentation and submit a technical report at the end of Term 1. The module is not appropriate for students on other degree pathways

AIMS - intentions of the module

The Summer Vacation Project allows the student to demonstrate their ability to undertake independent, or semi-independent project work involving the collection, analysis and presentation of geological data (or equivalent data from a discipline that overlaps with applied geology). Students generally undertake data collection for a minimum of 28 days during the summer vacation as part of: (1) a geological mapping exercise, (2) a field and/or laboratory-based investigation, or (3) a placement with an appropriate geoscience, environmental, engineering or minerals industry company/organisation. The project should normally allow students to develop the knowledge and skills introduced during one or more of the modules taken at Levels 1 and 2.

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.Data collection and interpretation (precise nature dependent upon the project undertaken)

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

2.Synthesis of data from different sources, scales and disciplines into coherent, models of geological evolution.

3.Application of geological and related knowledge/skills to provide solutions to issues in resource, engineering and environmental geoscience (dependent on nature of project).

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

4.Project planning and time management.

5.Research skills e.g. efficient utilisation of information retrieval services

6.Working with and relating to others.

7.Technical report writing.

8.Verbal presentations

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

The nature of the module dictates that a formal syllabus plan is not appropriate.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 3.00 Guided Independent Study 297.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS

The module comprises a series of training lectures/seminars. These commence in Year 2 Term 2 with an overview of the requirements for the project and continue in Year 3 Term 1 with seminars on the preparation of the technical report and, where appropriate, geological map. Each project student is assigned a supervisor who oversees the project from start to completion. Data collection is not usually directly supervised, but the during the project write-up during Term 1, the student is in weekly contact with their supervisor.

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 the assessment  e.g. duration/length

ILOs assessed

Feedback method

Assessment strategy determined by nature of project:-

Geological Mapping projects

 

 

 

 

notebooks and field-slips and associated viva

30%

Appropriate to area mapped

1

Detailed written feedback provided to student on all assessed elements of project

technical report

40%

10,000 words indicative

1,2,4,5,7

neat copy geological map

15%

typically 15-20 km2

 

verbal presentation

15%

10 minutes / 5 minutes questions

8,1,2

 

 

 

 

 

Field/laboratory investigation or placement

 

 

 

 

Technical reports

60%

10,000 words indicative

1,2,(3),4,5,7

Detailed written feedback provided to student on all assessed elements of project

company/academic staff assessment

20%

Written feedback and mark provided

1,2,3,4,6

verbal presentation

20%

10 minutes / 5 minutes questions

8,1,2,(3)

 

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

Basic reading:

 

Coe, A.L. 2011. Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Fry, N. 1991. The field description of metamorphic rocks. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 128p.

 

Jerram, D. and Petford, N. 2011. The Field Description of Igneous Rocks (2nd edition). Wiley.

 

Lisle, R.J., Brabham, P. and Barnes, J. 2011. Basic Geological Mapping (5th edition) Wiley.

 

Marjoribanks, R.W. 1997. Geological methods in mineral exploration and mining. Chapman & Hall, London, 115p.

 

McClay, K.R. 1991*. The mapping of geological structures. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 161p

 

Passchier, C.W., Myers, J.S. & Kröner, A. 1990*. Field geology of high-grade gneiss terrains. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 150p.

 

Tucker, M.E. 2011. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide (4th edition). Wiley.

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
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 Geological mapping, research project