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LLLC0142 Geology and Environment - a U.K. Perspective

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Ellen Avery

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


-Introduce and develop an understanding of basic Earth and Environmental Science concepts.
-Develop student's ability to perform practicals and fieldwork using the skills of observation, and the ability to record and interpret observations.
-Develop understanding of the following Earth Science components: geological concepts and processes (dynamic Earth; plate tectonic theory; basic mineralogy and petrology; Earth history and palaeontology), and the fostering of basic geological skills (rock and mineral identification; O.S. and geological map reading).
-Develop understanding of the following Environmental Science components: To develop awareness and knowledge of key environmental issues and the science behind them.

Learning outcomes
-Describe the basic concepts involved in global tectonics, geological structures, the rock cycle and fossils and palaeoenvironments;
-Have an appreciation for the dynamic nature of planet Earth and the expansiveness of geological time;
-Interpret and critically evaluate information about environmental science issues.

Skills outcomes
-identify a range of minerals, fossils, and igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock samples.
-make observations and measurements from field activities and geological maps using geological knowledge and appropriate vocabulary.
-describe the basic concepts involved in environmental issues associated with the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere


History of geology/earth science; evolution of Earth as a planet; plate tectonics and dynamic Earth theory; Earth materials - introduction to petrology and mineralogy; Common rock forming silicates, oxides, sulphides, carbonates and evaporites; Rock cycle and petrology as linked to environments of formation; Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology; Structural geology; Earth system history(rock record, paleoenvironments); Stratigraphic principles; Introductory palaeontology; Geological time; O.S. and geological maps; basic field skills.

Earth's environment and of the progressive exploitation of environmental resources by humankind; the Atomosphere; the Hydrosphere; the Biosphere: diversity of life, evolution, ecology.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours25.00
Private study hours47.00
Total Contact hours78.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Weekly quizzes - 10 hours
Using VLE resources - 15 hours
Total 25 hours

Private Study:
Field report - 15 hours
Preparation for workshops and practicals - 15 hours
Revision for examinations - 17 hours
Total 47 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly quizzes and practical work (formative); short writing assignments to prepare for workshops (formative). All summative and formative assessment must be submitted to pass the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 x 1 hour exam5.00
Practical2000 word fieldwork report10.00
Written WorkProblem sets 5 x 2hours20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)35.00

A minimum attendance standard is expected for lab sessions. Resits are not available for individual coursework elements in the module. Attendance is required for coursework elements which are linked to an assessment available only at that specific time, such as fieldwork, lab reports on specific labs, and midterms.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins25.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)65.00

Resits for the exam component of the module will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt during the July Resit period in most cases or during the next available opportunity.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53


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