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BSc Geology

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
• recognise and apply the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the geosciences;
• recognise the importance of time and scale in geology, including the 4D investigation of sedimentary sequences, igneous and metamorphic processes and tectonics.
• use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
i. be able to communicate the results of their work;
ii. present a structured and coherent simple argument;
iii. be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the discipline;
• evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;
• evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the geosciences;
• identify your strengths and weaknesses as a learner;
• recognise professional and disciplinary boundaries;
• discuss the essential contributions of geoscience to the economic, environmental and cultural needs of Society.
• recognise, identify and record a range of rocks, structures, landforms etc. in the field
• describe and identify common geological materials and their properties at a range of scales and discuss their possible origins.
• visualise geological data in three dimensions.
• apply basic GIS techniques to different situations.
• recognise how to conduct fieldwork and research safely, ethically and in line with professional standards.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
• develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
• develop the skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
• evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline;
• locate, evaluate, utilise and correctly reference a variety of primary and secondary literature sources;
• work independently and as part of a team with an understanding of personal responsibility;
• interpret data and present findings in a variety of ways, for example oral presentations, posters, technical reports and essays.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
• demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;
• work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;
• demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies;


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